Following the recent trend of blockbuster movies spawning tourist destinations, “The Hunger Games” franchise is now being primed to take the form of a theme park.
Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer, the studio behind the hit dystopian film, announced to analysts Friday that the success of the series first feature adaption could result in a possible future “Hunger Games” theme park. According to a report from the Hollywood Reporter Friday, investors have approached Lionsgate about opening an amusement park, based on the box-office success of “The Hunger Games” film ($691 million worldwide) in 2012 and the expected successwhen t of “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” later this month.
“We have been approached in two different territories about potential theme park opportunities, which gives you a sense of the cultural impact of this franchise," Feltheimer revealed. While no exact plans for the potential theme park were revealed by the studio, Feltheimer did confirm that executives are strongly considering the unidentified investors' offers. “We are excited about those opportunities and are pursuing them,” he said.
“The Hunger Games” is the third film franchise to earn its own theme park in recent years. Last month, Disney released images of its plans to incorporate the James Cameron blockbuster film “Avatar” into its existing Animal Kingdom theme park in Orlando, Fla., in 2017. Walt Disney Parks and Resorts chairman Tom Staggs at the D23 Expo in Tokyo in October confirmed the land will include a Pandora-like walk-through attraction, a jungle boat ride and a sky ride on a mythical Banshee.
In June 2010, Universal Orlando Resort opened The Wizarding World of Harry Potter inside its Islands of Adventure theme park. Following its commercial success, Universal in May 2013 announced plans to expand the attraction to include more fictional lands from the famous boy wizard series. The expansion, which will include one roller-coaster, multiple shops and a themed restaurant, is currently scheduled to open in 2014.
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