The Hunger Games is coming to the stage. A theatrical production based on Suzanne Collins’ hugely successful novels and the blockbuster film franchise will premiere at a new theater next to London’s Wembley Stadium in the summer of 2016.
Producing the show will be award-winning Broadway producer Robin de Levita, co-founder of the Dutch media company Imagine Nation, which is partnering with Lionsgate and U.S.-based Triangular Entertainment on the venture. Noted for his sold-out shows featuring unique and inventive experiences, de Levita seems to have the level of creativity a production like this would demand.
Lionsgate chief marketing Officer Tim Palen talked up the project in a recent statement, saying, “Robin de Levita and the entire production team are the perfect partners for extending The Hunger Games franchise into a live theatrical experience. 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.”
Considering some of the over the top, campy aspects of the movies, especially the visuals, it is easy to imagine a theatrical adaptation, and de Levita believes the material will translate well to a stage show. He said, “The theater is a fantastic medium to bring the many meaningful layers of Suzanne Collins’ writing to life.”
In addition to the stage production, other extensions of the franchise are being explored, including a possible theme park. The next installment of film series, Mockingjay – Part 1, hits theaters Nov. 21