Move over Disney World, there’s a new, darker theme park on its way.
On Wednesday, Lionsgate announced its plans to open a new park in South Korea dedicated to its popular movie properties.
The 1.3-million-square-foot park, called Lionsgate Movie World, will be developed into seven movie zones, each themed around one of Lionsgate’s blockbuster films, including The Hunger Games,The Twilight Saga, and the Now You See Me series as well as the upcoming 2018 remake of "Robin Hood."
"We're pleased to partner with our friends at Landing International, one of Asia's premier developers, on our first branded outdoor theme park and one of our largest and most exciting location-based entertainment destinations," Lionsgate Chief Executive Officer Jon Feltheimer said in a statement. "Our partners are creating a world-class resort that will be the perfect home for our theme park.”
According to a statement by Lionsgate, visitors to the park, located at South Korea leisure and entertainment resort Jeju Shinhwa World, will be immersed in their favorite films through state-of-the-art rides, attractions, and reproduced streets and towns.
Each of the theme park's zones will also feature restaurants, cafes, souvenir shops, and performances based on the movies, though we aren’t sure how closely we’d like to emulate the Hunger Games experience.
Lionsgate Movie World at Jeju Shinhwa World is expected to commence construction in 2018 and is scheduled to open in 2019. But, if you’re itching to get your Lionsgate fix, the company also has plans in the works with Dubai's Motiongate theme park.
Though it's unclear when that park is slated to open, the site already boasts several previews of rides including the “Capitol Bullet Train,” a 360-degree roller coaster ride and a "Panem Aerial Tour," which will take visitors soaring above the capital. We volunteer as tribute to visit this theme park first.