Lionsgate has vision for theme parks based on its franchises, including Hunger Games

Posted Monday, November 2, 2015 1:13 PM | Contributed by Jeff

Three years ago, as the first “Hunger Games” movie was breaking box-office records, Jon Feltheimer, the chief executive of Lions Gate Entertainment, asked his lieutenants to investigate ways to turn their hit movie into a Disneyland-style ride. His team thought he might be off his rocker: The film’s titular games involve children killing children for the amusement of a futuristic society.

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Monday, November 2, 2015 1:13 PM
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I think they're grossly overstating the long-term value of their property.


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Monday, November 2, 2015 1:23 PM
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That's what I thought when Paramount Parks rolled out those (at the time) Wayne's World-themed Hurler coasters.


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Monday, November 2, 2015 1:42 PM
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And you were right. Wasn't all that long before the Wayne's World theme was removed. Though I'd argue that it wasn't removed soon enough.

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Monday, November 2, 2015 1:44 PM
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You had me at "killing children for amusement."


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Monday, November 2, 2015 4:43 PM
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The Wayne's World business didn't make sense to me to begin with: once the popularity of the movie faded the parks would be left with areas themed to Aurora, Illinois. Why even go there?


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Monday, November 2, 2015 4:55 PM
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Yeah, I personally would have gone for Pawnee, IN


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Tuesday, November 3, 2015 4:45 AM

I am a huge Hunger Games fan, huge. As a theme park attraction? No. I love that Jurassic Park is mentioned in this article, Jurassic Park is an open ended story, there is no epilogue wrapping things up and bringing the readers/viewers to a forced conclusion, it can continue on. The Hunger Games on the other hand, it's done. It's a great series and so far, has been replicated very well on screen, but there is no sunshine and rainbows at the end of the road for these characters. Fact or fiction, the story is essentially based on acts of war. How about a themed area based on the attacks of September 11th? That should be equally as cheery.

Lionsgate does have other properties that could I'm sure could be placed nicely into a theme park, but they're not timeless and memorable films like Disney, Warner Brothers and Universal have in their portfolio. I can't see the longevity of such a park or even a themed area of an already established park.


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Tuesday, November 3, 2015 10:26 AM
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DS said:

Fact or fiction, the story is essentially based on acts of war. How about a themed area based on the attacks of September 11th? That should be equally as cheery.

So is Star Wars. And a host of other means of entertainment. Not sure an analogy to 911 makes any sense, for multiple reasons...including the fact that there isn't a series of Hollywood films based on the events.

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Tuesday, November 3, 2015 10:55 AM
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Although I'm sure in 50 years we'll see Ben Affleck great grandkids in an awful film version of the 9/11 story...


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Tuesday, November 3, 2015 11:46 AM

According to someone on here, Holiday World already did the enthusiast version of 9/11.


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Tuesday, November 3, 2015 11:48 AM
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I was dubious about Avatar-land being added to DAK. While the movie was very popular, I don't think it (or its forthcoming sequels) has the "staying power" of Star Wars or Star Trek or Harry Potter. Hunger Games strikes me as a movie series that is wildly popular, but also won't have "staying power."

The argument has been made that Disney is likely creating Avatar experiences that can be enjoyed simply as spectacle, and without having any knowledge of the movie. (I've never seen it.) I'm not familiar enough with the Hunger Games to speculate if it would be possible to create an attraction that could be enjoyed and understood with no knowledge of the books or movies.

Which makes me think of Harry Potter at Universal. I've read one of the books, saw a couple of the movies. The first time I went to IOA's Harryland I was very impressed by the attention to detail. My second visit was with a huge Harry Potter fan; she was nearly moved to tears by how exactly the park environment captured the world of the movies. So Harryland works on multiple levels, engaging both non-fans and huge fans.

At least the folks behind the Twilight movies aren't touting Twilight theme park rides....


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Tuesday, November 3, 2015 1:29 PM
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I could (n't) care less about Harry Potter. That being said, I very very much want to check out the HP worlds at USF.

I've heard said by someone half my age that Harry Potter is "Our generations Star Wars." After replying, "No, Your generations Star Wars is the 3 $#!tty Star Wars," I gave it some thought and decided that she's probably right. HP will most likely carry forth for at least a few generations. Hunger Games, I don't know anything about. Are there sequences in the movie that lend themselves to a ride?

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Tuesday, November 3, 2015 4:58 PM
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At best, I could see a themed area at an existing park. It might be able to last 10 or so years. In addition to over-estimating the relevance of the franchise, they're probably over-estimating the attention spans of the target audience.


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Wednesday, November 4, 2015 12:40 AM
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http://www.fox5atlanta.com/news/43820418-story

It lookalike it might actually happen, but i guess its really early in planning still

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Wednesday, November 4, 2015 1:54 PM
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From my point of view, these films (aside from their hypothetical lasting-power) are missing one key element; fun.

Disney's make-believe lands (from each film...it's essentially endless possibilities) are, for the most part, fun to play in. From Neverland to the animated world of Toy Story, what's not to love?

Star Wars, while people certainly take it a little too seriously for my taste at times, is simply fun. Again, you have endless possibilities in a galaxy full of good and evil, smugglers, pirates, jawas, etc...it's fun.

I'll even concede this with Avatar as the reason why it probably will work just fine. I'm not a fan of the film, but the land it created would be a heck of a lot of fun to play in.

Harry Potter speaks for itself.

Then we get to Hunger Games and Twilight. Yuck. Who wants to actually go there? These are films that intentionally take themselves way too seriously and have created worlds that I have absolutely no interest in "playing" in. I can see someone making an individual ride at an existing park, but an entire park based on these films?

Where's the fun?

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Wednesday, November 4, 2015 2:38 PM
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OhioStater said:

Again, you have endless possibilities in a galaxy full of good and evil, smugglers, pirates, jawas, etc...it's fun.

Don't forget teddy bears capable of taking out legions of armored, laser blaster-carrying storm troopers with sticks and rocks.

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Wednesday, November 4, 2015 3:00 PM
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OhioStater said:

From my point of view, these films (aside from their hypothetical lasting-power) are missing one key element; fun.

Excellent point.


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Wednesday, November 4, 2015 3:21 PM
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OhioStater said:

Where's the fun?

Perhaps you missed "killing children for amusement"?


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Wednesday, November 4, 2015 4:01 PM
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As much as I like Hunger Games, I dunno if it translates (But don't worry, I'll wait till they build it before I make a decision...).

But they're also building stuff based on Step It Up and Now You See Me. I personally never saw those movies and don't have any clue how they'd translate. I don't know anyone who saw Now You See Me.


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