2:35 pm EDT, October 19, 2015

Lionsgate in ‘early talks’ for ‘Hunger Games’ theme park in Georgia

The state of Georgia may host the first Hunger Games theme park in the United States.

The Atlanta Business Chronicle and their partner news station NBC 11 are reporting that Lionsgate is in “early talks” to build a park within an area of Georgia’s Bartow County, which is less than 50 miles northwest of Atlanta.

NBC 11 says there’s a “good possibility” the park will be built and adds in a video report that the talks are already “advance.”

The area being considered for development is reportedly near Lake Point Sporting Community just west of Interstate 75. Here’s the area on a map:

Selecting Atlanta for the home of a Hunger Games theme park may sound out of the blue until you consider that the state was where Lionsgate shot most of Catching Fire and both Mockingjay movies.

Admittedly, a question still lingers: Why Georgia? The state isn’t exactly known for its theme park options and its southern neighbor Florida seems like a much better choice.

Georgia already has a great relationship with Lionsgate after shooting three films there, and the state may be offering the studio a good financial deal. Georgia knows they’ll benefit from the attraction given the popularity of the book and film series.

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Lionsgate announced last year that they were seriously considering building Hunger Games attractions, and their work has already proven fruitful. A couple of attractions will open in a Dubai park next year, and a Hunger Games Exhibition is currently open in New York.

We assume that this upcoming “theme park” — wherever it will be built — will include an attraction dedicated to the props and sets of the movies. As for what else they could build? Your guess is as good as ours.

Even though the final Hunger Games movie is hitting theaters next month, we don’t expect the fandom to disappear. Lionsgate head Jon Feltheimer said in February that the studio is considering developing spinoff movies.

Georgia already holds a few theme parks including Six Flags Over Georgia and Lake Winnepesaukah.

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