Jon Feltheimer, the CEO of Lions Gate Entertainment Corporation, told analysts affiliated with the studio that he is actively seeking “theme park opportunities” based on the company’s Hunger Games franchise.
“We have been approached in two different territories about potential theme park opportunities, which gives you a sense of the cultural impact of this franchise,” he said. “We are excited about those opportunities and are pursuing them.”
The Hunger Games trilogy — whose adapted second book, Catching Fire, opens in theaters on November 18 — follows the travails of Katniss Everdeen, a young woman forced to fight in a televised battle-to-the-death against other children in the fictional post-apocalyptic nation of Panem.
Each district in Panem is required to send two children, aged 12 to 18, to fight in orchestrated war-games as punishment for turning to armed combat against “The Capitol.”
Varietyreports that Feltheimer “gave no further details” as to how his company would translate that battle royale into a theme park experience.
[Image via official The Hunger Games: Catching Fire trailer on IMDB.com]
Updated to indicate that two fictional children are sent to near certain deaths by each district.
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