Creating destination theme attractions based on material from the movies goes back to when Walt Disney had an idea to turn acres of prime California real estate into an ode to the intellectual property he created that can be enjoyed by the entire family. Now, in that fine tradition, fans of The Hunger Games films will be able to go to a park where they can live in the dystopian/draconian future created by author Suzanne Collins and the films that are based on her works. Yay? Yes, now soon all the fun of hunting down adolescences in a brutal and booby trapped environment will be yours according to a recent press release.
Coming in October 2016 to the Lionsgate zone at Dubai Parks and Resorts. The future Hunger Games Zone, or whatever it’s called, will stand alongside other new destinations like LEGOLAND Dubai and Bollywood Parks Dubai. This new park called motiongate will sit on four million square feet, and will feature “27 different latest-in-technology rides and attractions.” When it opens, the park is expected to attract three million visitors a year.
“Our franchises are continuing to drive location-based entertainment opportunities around the world,” said Lionsgate Chief Executive Officer Jon Feltheimer in the press release. “We’re proud to partner with the team at Dubai Parks and Resorts to create a thrilling total entertainment experience designed to attract millions of new fans and continue the global expansion of our brands.”
Those brands will also include live stage shows based on Step Up: All In and Step Up: Revolution, the least popular of the Step Up franchise.
“We are thrilled to be working with a Hollywood studio whose creative resources, spirit of innovation and vision of the entertainment experience are so closely aligned with our own,” Dubai Parks and Resorts Chief Executive Officer Raed Al Nuaimi added in the press release. “Lionsgate’s Hunger Games, Step Up and other signature properties are the perfect centerpiece for one of the most visionary new theme parks in the world. Through this partnership we are offering even more for the whole family to enjoy on their visit and are confident that motiongate Dubai will set a global benchmark as the ultimate movie themed destination.”
A post-apocalyptic theme park attraction is not exactly unprecedented, there was the Universal Studios interactive 3-D film based on Terminator called Battle Across Time, which was directed by James Cameron and featured much of the cast from Terminator 2: Judgment Day, but that was one ride. What will a whole section of a theme park look like based on the world of Panem? Will you get to wander around various districts like Katniss Everdeen’s home in District 12, or are you going to run through a wooded area trying to outlast homicidal teenagers like in the actual Games? Honestly, Ned Flanders’ Praiseland sounds more appealing of a vacation, but I guess we’ll reserve judgment.
Source: Comic Book.com