The Hunger Games franchise has proven to be so successful at the box office that Lionsgate, which is producing the movies, has decided to move on creating “The Hunger Games: The Theme Park.”
This was an idea that worked pretty well with the Harry Potter series. While the books and the movies were essentially about the struggle between Harry, the boy wizard, and an evil megalomaniac named Voldemort, it was set in a magicing world, as it was called, of great beauty and wonder. Hogwarts, the magic school, Hogsmeade, the nearby magic village, and Diagon Alley, the secret shopping street that denizens of the magicing world go to get their wands and brooms, among other things, have been lovingly recreated at the Harry Potter theme park.
The Hunger Games, on the other hand, is set in a dystopian world where the ruling class live the high life in the capital city and the hoi palloi live in squalor in “the districts.” Every year each district must sacrifice a teenage girl and a teenage boy to the Hunger Games when they fight to the death for the amusement of the rulers and to teach the toiling masses a lesson that the state is supreme and rebellion means death. The winner of each Hunger Games become a celebrity and is showed with rewards and honors.
The novels and the movies concerns on Hunger Games champion named Katniss who become the focus of rebellion against the tyrannical regime. But it seems that some of the rebels are just as sordid as the tyrants they are trying to overthrow.
Unlike the world of Hogwarts, the world of the Hunger Games does not seem to be a very fun place to go. One can also imagine only one type of attraction, that being some kind of battle space where teenage visitors can venture and commit mayhem against one another, presumably in a kind of paintball, non-lethal kind of way. No doubt other attractions, based no doubt on pleasures to be found at the Capitol, will be developed.
Even so, this causes one to wonder what is next. Game of Thrones the theme park? The mind boggles.