It probably won’t involve violently slaughtered children, but you never know. The Hunger Games, The New York Times is reporting, may soon go the way of Harry Potter and Cinderella: The trials and triumphs of Katniss Everdeen are becoming what The Hunger Games’s distributor, Lionsgate, calls “location-based entertainment,” and what the rest of us call a theme park.
Actually, a series of theme parks, per the report—with individual rides that might be licensed to existing locations. (A Capitol train-esque roller coaster? Check. A be-simulated hovercraft tour of Panem? Check.) As for the theme parks themselves, there are currently two of them being planned for the U.S. (near Atlanta) and China (near Macau). They’ll join a pre-existing Lionsgate zone at Motiongate, a $3 billion entertainment complex currently under construction in the United Arab Emirates. Lionsgate also has attractions based on Divergent, Step Up, Now You See Me, and Twilight in the works for its new parks, The Times reports, but the Motiongate site will primarily focus on The Hunger Games:
After passing through the gates, visitors will arrive in a re-creation of the fictional District 12, a mining region where Katniss grew up. There will be costumed characters and real-life versions of Peeta Mellark’s bakery and the Hob black market.
District 12, Main Street USA’ed! You could read these planned IRL Panems as Lionsgate’s attempt not just to expand its properties’ footprint in the cultural consciousness, but also to offer the studio a bit of brick-and-mortar insurance against whatever technological change might come along to disrupt the industry. You can’t pirate, after all, a trip to the Capitol. Parks can be risky propositions—many will fail before they’re opened, and many others will go the way of Freedomland U.S.A.—but they can also provide that most sought-after of things: alternate revenue streams. (Lionsgate stands to generate $100 million from its existing parks and recreation efforts over the next few years—and that’s not including gift shop sales.)