This is the craziest ‘Hunger Games’ news we’ve heard all day

If you’ve ever dreamed of the phrase, “Hunger Games Epic Stage Show” then today, you are in luck. It was just announced that a “theatrical experience” based on the beloved books by Suzanne Collins — and movies starring our best friend Jennifer Lawrence — is headed to the London stage summer of 2016. It’ll be housed in a new “purpose-built” theater that will be right next to the already existing Wembley Stadium.

Now, before you start imagining Peeta singing a solo about bread, it doesn’t sound like it’ll be a musical. It doesn’t even sound like it’ll be a play. Honestly, it sounds like a production we’ve never seen before. With the term “theatrical experience” it sounds like it’ll be some sort of stage show that is completely immersive. And, with a theater built just for the show, it kinda makes me think that the audience will actually get to watch the Hunger Games take place. Who needs a musical interlude when you can watch Katniss fight off the tracker jackers like a pro? Also, in my mind, I really picture this experience just like Global Guts.

Lionsgate, who produces the Hunger Games films, is partnering with media companies Imagine Nation and Triangular Entertainment, who will bring the entire experience to life. Imagine Nation recently produced a show that involved a rotating auditorium (yes, the audience turned as they watched the show), so you know they’re going to come up with some awesome high-tech set pieces for Hunger Games.

“[Imagine Nation co-founder] Robin de Levita and the entire production team are the perfect partners for extending The Hunger Games franchise into a live theatrical experience,” Lionsgate chief marketing officer Tim Palen said in a statement, according to the Hollywood Reporter. “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.”

Hear that? “State-of-the-art technology” and “immersive experience.” This is going to be one insane show.

While we wait for it to come together, we’ve got Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1, to keep us busy. It hits theaters on November 21st and we’re already pretty psyched about the soundtrack. There’s really no slowing this franchise down, and now with this stage experience who knows what they’ll dream up for Panem next. There are already whispers about a Hunger Games theme park, which would be excellent. It seems like we’re all inching closer to living out the dream of being in the Hunger Games. (Why is that so appealing, by the way?) But hey, even if I can’t ever shoot a bow and arrow like Katniss, at least I can braid my hair and get myself a front row seat for this epic stage show. I hope they ask for audience participation.

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