If you’ve ever dreamed of taking a “Life of Pi”-inspired journey, the 20th Century Fox Consumer Products unit of the recently renamed 21st Century Fox Inc. (NASDAQ:FOXA) has you covered. Fox and Resorts World Genting announced jointly they plan to open a 25-acre theme park in Malaysia in 2016. The park will include attractions inspired not only by “Life of Pi” but also by “Alien,” “Rio” and other Fox films.
More than 25 attractions based on Fox films of differing genres are expected to be featured at the new theme park. The partnering companies also plan to incorporate an animatronic parade with a mashup of various movie characters. The current site of Malaysia’s Genting Outdoor Theme Park will be overhauled for the new park, starting in September. The renovations will cost about $125 million, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
“For the first time, audiences will soon be transported into the worlds of their favorite 20th Century Fox properties,” Jeffrey Godsick, president of Fox Consumer Products, said in the companies’ joint statement. “Brought to life by our partner Resorts World Genting, this theme park marks the launch of our global location-based entertainment strategy.”
Fox’s last attempt at launching a theme park was with Fox Studios Backlot, a park launched in Australia back in 1999, as the Hollywood Reporter said. The venture wasn’t successful, though, with the park closing after only two years of operation. However, Fox has licensing deals with other theme parks. They include a deal with the Walt Disney Co. (NYSE:DIS) to build an “Avatar”-themed ride in Orlando, Fla., as Deadline said.
Treye Green is a reporter for The International Business Times and a recent graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Green has shot, edited and...