Hunger Games Theme Park?
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Fancy being tooled up with a bow and arrow to protect yourself from bloodthirsty teens, or hiding out in a forest living off berries and mushrooms? Your dream could come true if Lionsgate, the studio behind The Hunger Games movies has its way: its executives are planning to set up theme parks based on the popular teen-action franchise starring Jennifer Lawrence and adapted from Suzanne Collins' novels.
Variety reports that the revelation emerged while Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer was talking to reporters after the studio released its quarterly earnings report. According to Variety, Feltheimer said the studio was considering setting up Hunger Games theme parks in two territories after receiving approaches. This apparently followed an upbeat assessment of Hunger Games-related merchandise, as Lionsgate motion picture group co-chairman Rob Friedman had said studio were "very excited" by the Capitol Couture clothing line – which had orignally started out as a fictitious Tumblr blog as part of the film's promotional activities.
The idea of theme parks, however, could become controversial after claims this summer that a Hunger Games themed kids camp encouraged children's violent instincts.
The Hunger Games took over $690m (£431m) at the worldwide box office after it was released in 2012. The second instalment, Catching Fire, is due to be released on 21 November in the UK and 22 November in the US, with the third and fourth in the series Mockingjay Parts 1 and 2 – due at the same time of year in 2014 and 2015 respectively.