‘Hunger Games’ Theme Parks Could Be Coming

Jennifer Lawrence The Hunger Games

Lionsgate ponders offers from two territories

Katniss Everdeen may be coming to a theme park.

Lionsgate is exploring getting into the theme-park business, taking advantage of its blockbuster “Hunger Games” franchise.

CEO Jon Feltheimer made the disclosure Friday during a conference call with analysts following release of the studio’s quarterly earnings report.

Feltheimer said Lionsgate had been approached about “Hunger Games” theme parks in two territories and was considering those possibilities. He gave no further details.

The CEO’s disclosure came in response to an analyst question about which areas of “Hunger Games” merchandising had performed well. Motion Picture Group Co-Chairman Rob Friedman had said that Lionsgate was “very excited” by sales of the “Capitol Couture” line of attire.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” starring Jennifer Lawrence as Katnis Everdeen, opens worldwide on Nov. 22 in 50 markets and is expected to dominate the box office for several weeks.

The dystopian franchise is based on the bestselling Suzanne Collins book trilogy. “The Hunger Games” grossed over $690 million last year. The two “Mockingjay” titles in the “Hunger Games” franchise are already being shot back-to-back in Atlanta and will be released in November, 2014 and November, 2015.

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  1. Chichi says:

    It’s a strange sort of world around which to build a theme park, sure, no matter how attached we are to the characters inhabiting that world. I imagine there might be a little recreation of some iconic D12 locations–the Mellark Bakery, the Hall of Justice, the Hob, maybe Katniss’ house and the fence, etc. They could have rides, shops, games, shows/presentations, eateries, or other activities themed to various districts’ industries or certain characters…and then wind up in the Capitol with that bullet-train coaster. As harmless as the video games, merchandise, fan competitions, and other fun-for-the-fans extensions that exist thus far.

    Obviously no one would go there to celebrate murder, war, totalitarianism, oppression, poverty, etc. Fans already KNOW the story and its messages; “immersive” experiences that are essentially meant for fun don’t necessarily need to delve into all that again. At the same time, you don’t want this to have too much of an “exploitation” feel…but I really don’t see anyone allowing it to be taken too far. Panem might not be the most welcoming and inviting land in and of itself, but will enough fans take the opportunity to visit for a few hours out of love for the franchise? Probably. Or they wouldn’t be doing this. I mean, theme parks don’t glorify the negative aspects of the stories upon which they’re based–and every story includes violence and/or other undesirable things, or else it’d lack conflict and not be much of a story. THG is pretty extreme in that respect, but all the same, I’d rather give this park a chance than jump to the conclusion that whomever came up with it is the modern-day President Snow, and thinks many of us are typical Capitol citizens.

    I think even film producer Nina Jacobson gave the thumbs-up to LG’s park plans. If I hear that directors Gary Ross and Francis Lawrence, author Suzanne Collins, and/or anyone else who’s been heavily involved all along also find the attraction’s development to be going well, then I’ll absolutely look forward to going.

  2. I say they make it so it can make me happy.

  3. kenmandu says:

    You can hunt your parents.

  4. Brioche of Bread says:

    I don’t know about you… But I think Jennifer Lawrence is Hungry Like The Wolf for newer better roles in Hollywood. Not Big Budget Tripe, that has no artistic redeeming quality or quantity about it..

    Will the Food Be FREE at District 12 / Hunger Games World? Or do the Serfs have to pay even after HIGH TICKET PRICES?

  5. Jason says:

    Uhh, how about no?
    The Hunger Games is no Star Wars or Harry Potter.

  6. selena says:

    Hunger Games theme park? FUCK. YES.

  7. Rach says:

    It didn’t bother me as a story. The futuristic setting, all while evoking some of that Lord of the Flies hysteria. But no, not a smart idea in this day and age to encourage reenactments. We all know teens can use poor judgment and mentally ill people with a propensity for violence are not easily recognizable. Leave well enough alone, please.

  8. Lex says:

    Bad idea!!!

  9. Rock Mom says:

    How completely vulgar! A theme park where kids can pretend to fight to the death with other kids??

  10. I am a huge fan of the Hunger Games trilogy, and I appreciate the skill and care Lionsgate has shown in producing the movies. However, it seems like in the rush to capitalize on the merchandizing side of the trilogy, the powers-that-be are losing sight of the very important point Suzanne Collins tries to bring to light in the story.

    What kind of a message does it send when we see ads for the ‘Capital Collection’ of Cover Girl’s newest make-up line? Now rumors of a HG theme park. What could the theme possibly be that wouldn’t seem like a move President Snow himself would make?

    The story is about people who are being unfairly controlled, children whose lives are being sacrificed for the sake of the entertainment value for those in the Capitol. The HG story makes it clear how farcical the people of Panem are for their ridiculously overblown makeup and fashion, and complete lack of compassion for fellow human beings. Now here we are, with an over-the-top color palette for sale and potential theme park glorifying the very things that are wrong with the ‘bad guys’ in the movie. Someone isn’t using the right side of their brain, here. And I’m pretty sure it’s not me.

    • katie says:

      No, you’re exactly right. Whenever parents and teachers are a little unsure about the subject matter of the Hunger Games being appropriate for teens, I remind them that the book is =against= the violence and the glamorization of the games. Suzanne Collins’ was trying to get teens to think critically about media consumption, the way that news is filtered, and the way that society has become desensitized to violence, not encouraging teens to act like the characters in the book. Katniss is a very reluctant heroine, up to the end of the trilogy, and she is totally traumatized by the fighting and the media circus surrounding the Games. There is seriously no way that anyone should want to be ‘in’ the Hunger Games or to participate in that society in any way, unless they want to end up as seriously damaged as Katniss, Peeta, and Haymitch. This is a totally tone-deaf and inappropriate move on the part of Lionsgate, and I hope that they reconsider putting their money into something that will actually do some good in the world, instead of totally subverting the message of a very powerful story.

    • dolphin815 says:

      I think a lot of people completely missed the point of the book. Instead of being disgusted by the idea of such a cruel world they somehow think it would be fun to compete in such depravity.

    • geri031706 says:

      Nicely put. I was thinking the same thing.

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