Entertainment company Lionsgate is teaming with Dutch media company Imagine Nation and US based Triangular Entertainment to adapt Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games series (Scholastic) for the stage.
The Hunger Games "theatrical experience" will launch in summer 2016 in a brand new purpose-built theatre next to Wembley Stadium. It will be produced by Broadway producer Robin de Levita, co-founder of Imagine Nation, along with UK promoter Harvey Goldsmith, Triangular Entertainment's Warren Adams, and Brandon Victor Dixon of WalkRunFly Productions. Entertainment executives Robert Harris and R&R Media's Gary Ricci will also produce.
Lionsgate chief marketing officer Tim Palen said: "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."
De Levita added: "I'm thrilled to be partnering with an innovative next generation studio like Lionsgate on a property that resonates so deeply with global audiences. The theater is a fantastic medium to bring the many meaningful layers of Suzanne Collins' writing to life."
The three volumes in Collins’ dystopian YA series have sold 3,453,318 copies through Nielsen BookScan, for a total value of £18,988,377. The film adaptations of the first two books in the series, "The Hunger Games" and "Catching Fire", have grossed more than $1.5 billion (£947,107,230) at the worldwide box office and the next instalment, “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1” is released in the UK on 20th November.