Perhaps you thought Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games series was meant to be consumed in its original form, as a trilogy of books. Surely that idea was scrubbed from your brain when the novels went the cinematic route, eventually transforming into four films. This! you thought. This is how this story that was originally a series of books was meant to be seen. You’re still wrong, because finally (finally!) we know how to devour our Hunger Games, thanks to a live stage show based on a series of films that are based on a trilogy of books. Praise to the Capitol!
Collins’ story of a girl, a boy, and a live televised annual child-centric bloodbath will come to the stage next, thanks to a newly announced stage show poised to hit London in summer 2016. A new press release reveals that Lionsgate is teaming up with the Dutch media company Imagine Nation and the U.S.-based Triangular Entertainment to “bring The Hunger Games to the stage using innovative and immersive staging techniques.” The show will be so innovative, in fact, that an entirely new “purpose-built theater” is being created to house it.
The “theatrical experience” will be produced by Broadway producer Robin de Levita, who commented on the news, “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.”
Despite de Levita’s comments, it’s still unclear how much this new show will borrow from Collins’ books vs. Lionsgate’s blockbuster film series, as this first press release references them in equal measure. But this is a Lionsgate venture, so let’s just call this what it probably is: An adaptation of an adaptation. You didn’t need those books anyway, right?