The gods are forever in our favour as Lionsgate announces the opening of a Hunger Games-inspired theme park. These days, studios like Warner Bros., Universal, and Dinsey have their own supersized theme parks, so isn’t it about time Lionsgate gets in on the action?
Coming to China at the end of this month, Lionsgate Entertainment World will open its doors on July 31. While a trip to Panem is the obvious pull of the park, Lionsgate Entertainment World will also include attractions for other studio giants like Twilight and Divergent.
According to Deadline, the park will feature 25 attractions from some of the studio’s biggest movies. The “vertical theme park” is based in Hengqin — just an hour from Hong Kong — and will be an impressive 22,000sqm of 3D and virtual reality experiences.
Among the rides, there will be six based on The Hunger Games, Twilight, the Divergent series, Now You See Me, Gods Of Egypt, and Escape Plan — wait, where’s the Saw ride?
Jenefer Brown, Lionsgate’s senior vp of global live and location-based entertainment, said: “From escaping the Capitol to braving the mental and physical challenges of Dauntless to taking on a newborn vampire army with Jacob and the Wolf Pack, we can’t wait for fans to step into the worlds of their favorite films to create their own authentic adventures.”
Sadly, the Lionsgate theme park is only coming to China. EW reports how planned attractions in Lisbon, Madrid, and New York have been canned. The site reveals that Spanish amusement park company Parques Reunidos decided to opt out to “save costs and improve efficiency aimed at increasing its profitability.
Planned attractions in New York were supposed to include a Mad Men restaurant, Hunger Games motion simulator, and John Wick ride.
Considering The Hunger Games still has a cult following — and the author is already working on a prequel book — it’s unclear why the theme parks have been completely ditched. In the UK, The Hunger Games quadrilogy has made its long-awaited arrival on the streaming giant.
As for China, Lionsgate properties are huge over there and consistently smash it at the box office. Only time will tell whether Lionsgate Entertainment World will follow in the success of South Korea’s Lionsgate Movie World at Jeju Island.
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