Continuing the expansion of its global blockbuster Hunger Games franchise into new businesses, Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF), a premier next generation global content leader, is teaming with Dutch media company Imagine Nation and U.S. based Triangular Entertainment to bring The Hunger Games to the stage using innovative and immersive staging techniques, the companies announced today.
The Hunger Games theatrical experience will launch in summer 2016 in a brand new purpose built theatre in Wembley Park next to Wembley Stadium and Arena in London, UK.
The Hunger Games theatrical experience will be produced by award-winning Broadway producer Robin de Levita, co-founder of Imagine Nation, along with legendary UK 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 has recently created groundbreaking presentation formats for two productions in Holland. Soldier of Orange, the hit Dutch musical, has been sold out since it opened four years ago. The audience sits in a 360 degree rotating auditorium that turns from set to set creating an unforgettable experience.
ANNE, the first authorized play in 55 years based on The Diary of Anne Frank, uses rotating life sized stage sets. ANNE premiered in May 2014 in Amsterdam and has received rave reviews from around the globe.
“Robin de Levita and the entire production team are the perfect partners for extending The Hunger Games franchise into a live theatrical experience,” said Lionsgate Chief Marketing Officer Tim Palen. “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.” “I’m thrilled to be partnering with an innovative next generation studio like Lionsgate on a property that resonates so deeply with global audiences,” said DeLevita. “The theater is a fantastic medium to bring the many meaningful layers of Suzanne Collins’ writing to life.”
The first two installments of the global blockbuster Hunger Games franchise have already grossed more than $1.5 billion at the worldwide box office, and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire was the highest grossing domestic box office release of 2013 and the 10th highest grossing domestic release of all time.
Suzanne Collins’ best-selling trilogy of books has already sold more than 80 million copies around the world and has spent six years on the New York Times list. The next installment of the franchise, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, will be released worldwide on November 21, directed by Francis Lawrence and starring Academy Award® winner Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth and Woody Harrelson.
Imagine Nation is a global production company focusing on Live Entertainment, Film and Television, with an ambition to create new intellectual properties through the use of innovative technology. Earlier this year Imagine Nation produced the internationally acclaimed play ANNE which is based, for the first time, on the original and complete diaries of Anne Frank for which Imagine Nation built a brand new theatre in Amsterdam.
In 2013 the company released the movie APP, the first film with a “second screen” application. The company was founded in 2012 by Kees Abrahams, media entre preneur, former Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? owner and former President of International Production at Sony Pictures Television, and producer Robin de Levita.
Friday 7th November 2014