"The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" still has two weeks until its release, but studio Lionsgate is so high on its prized YA property that it's already exploring the option of expanding the franchise into a theme park attraction.
Variety reports that Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer revealed on Friday that the studio has been approached about building "Hunger Games" theme parks in two different territories. Feltheimer said Lionsgate "was considering those possibilities," but offered no further details about what such a park might entail, or what sort of timeline fans could expect for its fruition.
Industry analysts are already projecting that "Catching Fire," the sequel to 2012's blockbuster "The Hunger Games," will rake in anywhere from $140 to $190 million on its opening weekend in the U.S., so it makes sense for Lionsgate to strike while the iron's hot and capitalize on the franchise's popularity. But as The Dissolve points out, the studio is going to have to walk a very fine line when it comes to the taste level of such a theme park, since the franchise's overarching story focuses on starvation and a group of children killing each other for sport.
Still, as long as the park doesn't promote its own version of the Games, we think this could be a great idea. Here's hoping Feltheimer and co. keep their sensitivity in check as their plans move along.