Lionsgate is taking its biggest movie franchise The Hunger Games to the theater boards in a live action stage show that will in all likelihood involve some innovative production techniques. The show will launch in 2016 in a brand new purpose-built theater next door to Wembley Stadium in London. Image Nation and Triangler Entertainment are in charge of bringing The Hunger Games to the stage.
Image Nation, under the leadership of Robin de Levita, an award-winning Broadyway producer, recently brought two innovative productions to life in Holland. Soldier of Orange, a Dutch Musical in which the audience sat in 360 degree rotating seats that turned from set to set and Anne, the first fully authorized play based on The Diary of Anne Frank used rotating life-sized stage sets.
Lionsgate Chief Marketing Officer Tim Palen said:
Robin de Levita and the entire production team are the perfect partners for extending The Hunger Games franchise into a live theatrical experience. Their creative genius, combined with world-class production values and state-of-the-art technology will provide a uniquely immersive experience for fans around the world.
De Levita had this to say:
I’m thrilled to be partnering with an innovative next generation studio like Lionsgate on a property that resonates so deeply with global audiences. The theater is a fantastic medium to bring the many meaningful layers of Suzanne Collins’ writing to life.
Lionsgate is doing what it can to forestall the eventual wrap up of The Hunger Games series of movies by extending the franchises life through this theater production and their plans for a Hunger Games theme park. Although I’m not sure how a theme park based on children killing each other is really going to go over with the public at large.
Will this new stage show include musical numbers? I would have to say yes with Robin de Lavita in charge. Hopefully this production won’t have the same problems that Julie Taymor‘s Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark production on Broadway did.Now my mind is racing with what marvelously crazy song lyrics we might hear…
Is there any chance that Jennifer Lawrence might make an appearance? Although I would say it is a long shot for her to appear on stage to sing any songs, she will probably make an appearance in the audience along with Suzanne Collins for the opening.
If this production were to tour in a city near you, would you be buying a ticket?