The Hunger Games franchise has already racked up 1.5 billion worldwide, but soon, fans in London will be treated to Katniss, Peeta, Gale, and the gang from the Capitol singing and dancing too, Heatworld reports.
A tale set in a dystopian future about teenagers being forced to fight to the death may seem like a bleak topic for a musical, but that hasn’t stopped producer Robin de Levita from making it happen.
They’re pulling out all the stops, too. Hunger Games: The Musical will reportedly be staged on a 360-degree rotating stage in an arena near Wembley Stadium, custom-built to seat 1,300 people.
Viewers can expect to hear songs like “Hanging Tree” and “Deep In The Meadow,” which are both sung by actress Jennifer Lawrence in the movies. She sings the latter to another character, Rue, as she lays on a deathbed of flowers.
“Robin de Levita and the entire production team are the perfect partners for extending the Hunger Games franchise into a live theatrical experience,” says Lionsgate’s 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.”
The next movie in the franchise, Mockingjay — Part 2 is set to be released in November, 2015, but there are rumors that the movie may not be the last in the franchise. In an earlier article on the Inquisitr, Lionsgate is considering releasing a sequel or a prequel after Mockingjay Part 2 has completed its run in theaters. This has enraged fans of the books — and the earlier movies — who see it as a way for studio execs to milk the Hunger Games story till the well runs dry.
Even Jennifer Lawrence, who plays Katniss, has said that she’d be eager to reprise her Hunger Games bow and arrow after Mockingjay Part 2. Looks like JLaw wants to explore the relationship between Gale and Katniss, which isn’t really well developed in the books since Katniss eventually ends up with (spoiler alert!) Peeta.
“Up until now, it’s always more about Katniss and Peeta. But there are so many complexities to Katniss and Gale and that relationship because before Katniss went into the Games, Gale was the only person who really understood her and knew her because they grew up together,” Lawrence told the Venture Capital Post.
“I loved that Katniss and Gale have such a rich history, which we’ve never been able to fully, fully explore to the extent we do in this film.”
Is Lawrence preparing us for potential post-Mockingjay Hunger Games movie that deviates from the story told in the book? We’ll just have to wait and see.
Hunger Games: The Musical is set to hit stages in 2016.
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