Would you volunteer as tribute if it included a visit to a Hunger Games theme park?
I'd imagine most of our answers would range from "hell yes!" to "depends on how much death is involved," but I think it's safe to say that this exciting new venture from Lionsgate should become a reality.
And, good news, it (probably) will! The studio has announced plans to bring their biggest franchises to life in an entirely new way, starting with parks in both the US and China.
Here's a rendering of what the park might look like
The American park will be built in Atlanta, Georgia, the same location where much of the The Hunger Games movies was filmed. The announcement comes on the heels of an earlier confirmation that there will also be a Hunger Games theme park in Dubai.
The Middle Eastern park, which is much father along, gives us a glimpse of what we could expect. The Lionsgate zone will welcome people to a recreation of District 12 with true-to-screen versions of Peeta's bakery and the Hob black market.
While it's a bold venture and hundreds of millions of dollars still need to be raised for construction, there's already momentum to make this a real vacation destination. Designs for rides are already being developed, including at least one roller coaster!
Hunger Games will be the anchor, but other Lionsgate properties will get some love too
With an entire Lionsgate park, there are plans for Step Up dance shows and bigger attractions from the Divergent series and Now You See Me.
There is also talk of bringing the Twilight Saga to the parks somehow, but we're still waiting on any specifics on how they might be incorporated.
According to the New York Times, Lionsgate will begin by licensing their characters and properties to developers, in the same way that Warner Bros. does with Six Flags. That sets them apart from Disney and Universal, who took full control of their respective parks.
Only time will tell if this ends up coming to fruition—theme parks are always a huge risk—but I certainly hope it does!
Will you head to the Hunger Games theme park?
(Source: The New York Times)