Cabler also takes sequel 'Catching Fire'
“The Hunger Games” coin keeps flowing for Lionsgate as ABC Family has nabbed TV rights to the pic and its sequel, “Catching Fire.”
Deal calls for the films to be available to the cabler starting in 2014. “Hunger Games” rocked the worldwide B.O. this past weekend with a $214 million haul, including $155 million domestic, setting a record for a non-sequel opening.
“Catching Fire” is due to hit plexes in November 2013. At least one more pic is planned to complete the trilogy of fantasy best-sellers penned by Suzanne Collins.
ABC Family’s proactive push to nab the titles is no surprise. The Mouse House’s young adult-centric cabler has long been the TV home of the “Harry Potter” pics.
Deal was unveiled Monday ayem by ABC Family prexy Michael Riley and Jim Packer, prez of worldwide TV and digital distribution for Lionsgate.
“This tremendous opening weekend reinforces what we have already learned — a powerful heroine, themes of romance and iconic characters will keenly resonate with our millennial audience,” Riley said. “This franchise will continue to enhance our network for years to come.”
Financial details were not disclosed, but Lionsgate is likely to get a premium license fee, based on a percentage of the pic’s total domestic B.O., given the heat of the property and the promise of multiple sequels to come.