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Thursday, August 21, 2014

The Hunger Games theme park: Good idea or bad idea?

Posted By on Thu, Aug 21, 2014 at 3:23 PM

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Suzanne Collins' The Hunger Games is an immensely popular book series that has turned into a ridiculously popular movie franchise, but would the adventures of Katniss Everdeen translate into a vacation-worthy theme park? Um, probably not. But, according to Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer, the studio is deep into discussions to do just that.

The series, set in a war-torn future, would actually make for a pretty damn depressing theme park. Seriously, who wants to spend the day in a bleak future where Tributes get chosen  to fight to the death?

Let's take a look at the possible "fun family attractions" that could inhabit the proposed park:

  • A chariot-themed coaster that mimics the ride the Tributes take around the arena before the games begin
  • A Spider-Man-esque ride that puts visitors smack in the middle of the Hunger Games, fighting for survival
  • Some sort of underground District 12 coal mining ride
  • A hunt, kill and cook your own lunch snack stand!
  • A train ride where you tour all the Districts. Yeah, some would be kind of fun to see (District 1, anyone?), but most would be depressing

It's not all bad, though. I mean, some of the stores might be neat:

  • The Capitol Fashion Boutique, complete with an onsite Cinna of your very own
  • The Training supply shop, where you can buy at-home versions of all the equipment the Tributes use to train for the Games
  • And the best thing would be a pub run by Haymitch. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter has Hog's Head Brew and Firewhiskey. The Hunger Games theme park would just have massive amounts of alcohol ... the brand's not important.

We plead with you, Lionsgate, please rethink this dystopian theme park. If it comes to fruition, it could easily be the saddest place on earth.



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