November 11, 2013

What will the purported Hunger Games theme park be like?


Sure, this is appropriate fodder for a children’s amusement park.

As you might have heard by now, Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer announced last week that there’s a very real possibility of a theme park based on The Hunger Games books and movies. Etan Vlessing writes for the Hollywood Reporter that Feltheimer discussed the possibility on a conference call on Friday, saying, “We have been approached in two different territories about potential theme park opportunities, which gives you a sense of the cultural impact of this franchise… We are excited about those opportunities and are pursuing them.”

In the event that such a park becomes a reality, it’s sure to be somewhat sanitized — focusing on adventure and heroism rather than the grimmer dystopic elements of Suzanne Collins’s novels. And that would be a pity. There are already plenty of nice, friendly theme parks out there that don’t force children to confront their own mortality, so this is an opportunity to offer them something new and exciting. Here’s a list of ideas to make a Hunger Games park as crazy and awesome as possible.

No Disney princesses for these kids, just Elizabeth Banks judging them.

It’s not extremely likely that an actual park will go this dark with the theme, but I’ll continue to hope and wish.


Nick Davies was a publicist at Melville House.