Get ready for The Hunger Games – in the flesh!
Lionsgate, which took Suzanne Collins’s best-selling trilogy of books and made them into blockbuster films, is now developing a live stage production “using innovative and immersive staging techniques,” the company announced Friday.
Lionsgate is partnering with live production company Imagine Nation (co-founded by award-winning Broadway producer Robin de Levita) and Triangular Entertainment to create the stage show, which will launch in the summer of 2016.
A special theater is being built especially for the show next to Wembley Stadium in London, and there is expected to be some kind of traveling version of the show, too.
“Robin de Levita and the entire production team are the perfect partners for extending The Hunger Games franchise into a live theatrical experience,” Lionsgate chief marketing officer Tim Palen said in a statement. “Their creative genius, combined with world-class production values and state-of-the-art technology, will provide a uniquely immersive experience for fans around the world.”
Lionsgate is following in the footsteps of Disney, which has brought franchises including The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, Tarzan, The Little Mermaid, The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Aladdin to the stage. It is also working on a theatrical production of Frozen.