Lionsgate is expanding its “Hunger Games” franchise to the live stage in 2016.
The studio announced Friday that it has teamed with Dutch media company Imagine Nation and U.S. based Triangular Entertainment to bring the show to a new, purpose-built theater next to Wembley Stadium in London.
The first two “Hunger Games” movies — based on the Suzanne Collins novels and starring Jennifer Lawrence as the reluctant hero Katniss Everdeen — have grossed more than $1.5 billion at the worldwide box office. “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1” will be released worldwide on Nov. 21.
Producers are Robin de Levita, co-founder of Imagine Nation, along with U.K. promoter Harvey Goldsmith, Triangular Entertainment’s Warren Adams, Brandon Victor Dixon of WalkRunFly Productions and entertainment executives Robert Harris and R&R Media’s Gary Ricci.
De Levita has recently created presentation formats for two productions in Holland — “Soldier of Orange,” a Dutch musical, opened four years ago with an audience in a 360-degree rotating auditorium; and “Anne,” the first authorized play in 55 years based on “The Diary of Anne Frank” with rotating stage sets.
“Robin de Levita and the entire production team are the perfect partners for extending ‘The Hunger Games’ franchise into a live theatrical experience,” said Lionsgate Chief Marketing Officer Tim Palen. “Their creative genius, combined with world-class production values and state-of-the-art technology will provide a uniquely immersive experience for fans around the world.”
The stage show will open less than a year after the fourth and final movie in the franchise — “Mockingjay: Part 2” launches in November, 2015.
“I’m thrilled to be partnering with an innovative next generation studio like Lionsgate on a property that resonates so deeply with global audiences,” said De Levita. “The theater is a fantastic medium to bring the many meaningful layers of Suzanne Collins’ writing to life.”
The live show is Lionsgate’s second initiative to expand “The Hunger Games” franchise. In May, CEO Jon Feltheimer unveiled plans for a U.S. tour of “The Hunger Games: The Exhibition” in the summer of 2015 as a first step towards exploring additional theme park attractions and other location-based entertainment opportunities.
Lionsgate made the announcement a day after reporting quarterly earnings that were above Wall Street estimates.