No doubt the "The Hunger Games" series would make for great theater, though flying arrows and gowns set on fire might pose some risk to folks lucky enough to score orchestra seats. Nevertheless, the spectacular books turned into visually spectacular films are now being adapted for an equally spectacular stage production, Lionsgate has announced.
Launching in summer 2016, "The Hunger Games" will open in a newly built London theater, which is being specially designed for the theatrical experience. Broadway producer Robin de Levita, co-founder of Imagine Nation, is producing the show, along with U.K. promoter Harvey Goldsmith, Triangular Entertainment’s Warren Adams and Brandon Victor Dixon of WalkRunFly Productions and entertainment executives Robert Harris and R&R Media’s Gary Ricci.
De Levita's Dutch media company has produced two other groundbreaking productions, "Soldier of Orange," a musical that has been sold out since it opened four years ago, and "Anne," the first authorized play in 55 years based on "The Diary of Anne Frank."
"The Hunger Games" has already grossed $1.5 billion in worldwide box office returns for the first two films based on the popular Suzanne Collins trilogy.
The latest big-screen installment, "Mockingjay, Part 1," hits movie theaters November 21.