HUNGER GAMES to Get Its Own THEME PARK?
May the Theme Park Odds Ever Be in Fans Favor? Yes. The publicity machine is in FULL swing for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, hitting theaters on November 22nd. While on the publicity tour though, a question came up that's going to have fans worldwide VERY excited.
In a conference call on Friday with investors, Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer said "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. We are excited about those opportunities and are pursuing them."
So, Disney? Universal? and WHEN? Are the next 3 questions. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter opened last year at Universal Studios Orlando to critical and fan acclaim, as well as record breaking attendance as park visitors could enter Hogwarts and more for the first time. No doubt that The Hunger Games team is keeping a close eye on that uber-successful model.
Directed by Francis Lawrence, the action, sci-fi drama stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Lenny Kravitz, Elizabeth Banks, Stanley Tucci, Donald Sutherland, Toby Jones, Woody Harrelson, Jena Malone, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amanda Plummer, Lynn Cohen, Patrick St. Esprit, Meta Golding, Bruno Gunn, Alan Ritchson, E. Roger Mitchell, Maria Howell, Stephanie Leigh Schlund, Sam Claflin, Jeffrey Wright
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" begins as Katniss Everdeen has returned home safe after winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games along with fellow tribute Peeta Mellark. Winning means that they must turn around and leave their family and close friends, embarking on a "Victor's Tour' of the districts.
Along the way Katniss senses that a rebellion is simmering, but the Capitol is still very much in control as President Snow prepares the 75th Annual Hunger Games (The Quarter Quell) - a competition that could change Panem forever.