Here Comes 'Hunger Games' -- the Play

Teens Fight to the Death in a Totalitarian State, Live!

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'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1.'
'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1.' Credit: Lions Gate

The producer of "Hunger Games" is serving up a new way to experience the hit saga about teens fighting to the death in a totalitarian world: It's coming to the London stage.

Lions Gate Entertainment and Dutch media company Imagine Nation are teaming up for the production and will raise the curtain on the live action drama in 2016, the companies said today. They're using what they call immersive staging techniques in a purpose-built theater next to Wembley Stadium.

The first two films, which star Jennifer Lawrence, have taken in more than $1.5 billion in ticket sales worldwide for Lions Gate. Based on a series of novels by Suzanne Collins, the story follows Katniss Everdeen, a girl from an impoverished region who volunteers to take her younger sister's place in the deadly game.

The theater production follows in the footsteps of other blockbuster film epics revitalized on the stage, such as the "Lord of the Rings" musical.

The stage adaption of "Hunger Games" will employ techniques used by Broadway producer Robin de Levita, who created rotating sets for "Anne" -- a play based on "The Diary of Anne Frank."

Originally only three books, the series is now slated to become four films. "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1" -- the third installment -- will be released in the U.S. on Nov. 21.

~ Bloomberg News ~

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