Murray Close—Lionsgate
By Sarah Begley
November 2, 2015

Someday soon, Hunger Games fans may be able to visit District 12, and not just in their imagination. Lionsgate Entertainment has several projects in the works for theme parks based on the dystopian world of Katniss Everdeen.

Two theme parks, one in China and one in Atlanta, will center on rides and other attractions based on the movies, the New York Times reports. Unlike Disney or Universal Studios, Lionsgate is not building these parks itself, but licensing the stories to developers who will assume the construction cost. The Atlanta location, to be called Avatron Smart Park, needs to raise $625 million and is expected to open sometime in 2019.

Specific details on these parks are not set in stone yet, but another Lionsgate entertainment zone in the United Arab Emirates is closer to completion—that park, to open next year with zones dedicated to other film properties like Step Up and Divergent as well, will feature a “District 12” complete with costumed characters and Peeta Mellark’s bakery.

Presumably, child visitors to these parks will not have to fight each other to the death like their on-screen peers.

[NYT]

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