Fans of Suzanne Collins' dystopian drama, "The Hunger Games," may want to add a bow-and-arrow or trident to their holiday wish list, if plans for a Panem-themed amusement park move forward. That's right: Soon, the only thing standing between would-be tributes and the arena could be the price of admission.
Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer told analysts during a quarterly earnings report conference call on Friday (via Variety) that the studio has been approached about a "Hunger Games" theme park in two territories and was mulling the matter.
Though Feltheimer had no further details to add, we assume kids won't actually kill other kids at the proposed attraction.
Of course, "The Hunger Games" wouldn't be the first film franchise to spawn an amusement park. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, based on the best-selling novels by J.K. Rowling and eight accompanying movies, opened at Universal Orlando Resort in the summer of 2010, with additional plans for parks in Hollywood and Japan.
But while Rowling's magical world — with its welcoming Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and charming Hogsmeade — lends itself well to attractions, shops and rides, recreating desolate Panem, in which many residents barely eke out a living, could prove more challenging. Will youngsters clamor to shovel coal like so many District 12 residents? Or plot their own Oligarchy like President Snow? The possibilities are...troubling.
The film series' latest installment, "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," opens November 22, with production on "Mockingjay - Part 1" and "Mockingjay - Part 2" in full swing.