Twentieth Century Fox has hired The Hunger Games: Mockingjay screenwriter Danny Strong to handle scripting duties on its planned big screen adaptation of the Broadway classic Guys And Dolls.
The studio has been working for some time to get a new film version of the musical up on the big screen – the original 1955 film adaptation starred Frank Sinatra, Marlon Brando and Jean Simmons. Last spring it was being discussed with Channing Tatum and Joseph Gordon-Levitt as the leads. The hiring of Strong, though, is the first real movement on the project.
Strong’s career has been rather… well, strong, as of late. In addition to the two-part Mockingjay adaptation, he has also been earning praise for his work writing Lee Daniels’ The Butler and has recently turned in the script for the adaptation of Dan Brown’s Da Vinci Code sequel The Lost Symbol. Not bad for the former actor who appeared on Buffy, The Vampire Slayer as one of the three Nerds of Doom.