Today in theme park news (very weird to write that), we have a couple stories to report. First up, Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger recently talked about Star Wars. In addition to saying they decided to release Star Wars: Episode VII in December 2015 to give the filmmakers more time (neglecting to mention that the studio refused a 2016 date), he also spoke about the company’s theme park plans. Unsurprisingly, fans should expect more Star Wars attractions at Disney’s domestic theme parks as wells as the studio’s parks in Paris, Tokyo, and possibly Hong Kong. I look forward to the ride where they reveal your biological father.
Hit the jump to learn about Lionsgate possibly getting into the theme park business with the Hunger Games franchise.
Moving on, the odds may be ever in your favor when it comes to playing in The Hunger Games. In a conference call with analysts this morning, Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer said the studio has been “approached in two territories about potential theme park opportunities” based on The Hunger Games franchise. According to Deadline, Feltheimer said “we’re pursuing them”, but had no further details. The next installment of the series, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire opens November 22nd.
Personally, I think theme parks based on The Hunger Games are a great idea. Imagine it: You’re assigned a district and then asked to put your name in a bowl. Two people from each district, a boy and a girl, are drawn out of the bowl, and then they get to go into the attraction along with two attendees from each district. The doors close, and when they open, one person comes out covered in blood and forever changed.