On Monday, Lionsgate Entertainment announced it may open a Hunger Games-themed amusement park near Atlanta, Georgia. That’s right—a theme park based on a dystopian future where a totalitarian ruling class forces children to fight to the death for the general amusement of television audiences. Now that’s fun for the whole family!
The New York Times reports:
“After passing through the gates, visitors will arrive in a re-creation of the fictional District 12, a mining region where Katniss grew up. There will be costumed characters and real-life versions of Peeta Mellark’s bakery and the Hob black market.”
The park will also feature a recreation of the monorail seen in the films.
Tim Palen, chief brand officer for Lionsgate, says the parks are “not just [being made] to create something smart and captivating that Hunger Games fans would love, but to bring all of our franchises alive in new ways.” Spoken like a man with the title “Chief Brand Officer.”
Not everybody is in love with the idea of a Hunger Games theme park. Stuart Heritage, film writer for The Guardian, hilariously opines:
“If you’re anything like me, it probably took a while for you to realise that the Hunger Games theme park wasn’t actually a prank. Sure, you saw it being discussed on Twitter, but you instinctively dismissed it as satire. Decent satire at that, because the idea of inviting children to pay to recreate a totalitarian hellscape in which children are forced to murder each other for entertainment is a pretty bang-on critique of capitalism gone haywire.”
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