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Dubai Theme Park Promises 'Hunger Games' Attractions in 2016

Entertainment | Gabe Zaldivar | April 01, 2015

Dubai Theme Park Promises 'Hunger Games' Attractions in 2016

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The Hunger Games franchise will get its own special corner of a theme park in Dubai.

Thankfully, actual Hunger Games pitting the youth against one another is still generally frowned upon, so we have to wait for that until any dystopian fiction becomes a horrible reality.

A press release issued Tuesday (h/t Deadline Hollywood) said that Lionsgate would work with Motiongate Dubai to bring one of the more popular novel-to-movie adaptations to a theme park in Dubai.

Details on what the park might encompass are scant, but there is a finish date of October 2016, which is a relatively quick turnaround when you consider the scope of the series.

But that’s not all, because there are a couple of other promises for fans of movies featuring people stepping up, artistically speaking: “It will also incorporate a live stage show based on Step Up: All In and Step Up: Revolution, the two most recent films in the company's worldwide Step Up franchise.”

That’s remarkable news because we didn’t know anybody saw those movies, let alone would want to see a stage show based off its premise. But hey, this is a day for tremendous news.

Jon Feltheimer, Lionsgate chief executive officer, offered thoughts on the budding theme park: “Our franchises are continuing to drive location-based entertainment opportunities around the world. We're proud to partner with the team at Dubai Parks and Resorts to create a thrilling total entertainment experience designed to attract millions of new fans and continue the global expansion of our brands.”

The release boasts Motiongate as a four-million square foot oasis for movie lovers that will “attract over three million visits a year and will take visitors on an immersive cinematic journey through their favorite films via 27 different latest-in-technology rides and attractions.”

Among those cinematic nods, it seems, will be the series that has featured such stars as Jennifer Lawrence, Julianne Moore and Liam Hemsworth.

We imagine getting a ticket to opening day will be a tall order, but we leave you with a bit of good luck: “May the odds be ever in your favor.”

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