Lionsgate has announced that it will bring back its 2012 blockbuster The Hunger Games, but not in a theatrical setting. The studio has announced a global concert series dubbed The Hunger Games In Concert, where composer James Newton Howard will perform the score live, accompanied by a 60-piece orchestra, while the first Hunger Games film screens in HD during this concert setting. Here's what Lionsgate Senior Vice President of Global Live and Location Based Entertainment Jenefer Brown had to say in a statement, revealing this tour will coincide with the 10th Anniversary of The Hunger Games book by Suzanne Collins.
"We're thrilled to continue expanding the world of The Hunger Games with this incredible live music and film event. James was an integral part of the success of The Hunger Games, scoring all four films, and bringing his renowned score to audiences is the perfect way to celebrate the 10th anniversary of this global phenomenon. The Hunger Games in Concert tour will add a fresh dimension to the world of this iconic property for new and existing fans everywhere."
This live concert event comes after Lionsgate successfully launched a similar world tour, La La Land In Concert, which has had over 100 performances in 25 countries to date. The first four dates of this global tour were announced today, in Manchester, Liverpool, London and Birmingham in the U.K., with tickets going on sale today through Ticketmaster. The tour will kick off Thursday, July 12 in Manchester U.K. at the Manchester Bridgewater Hall, and continues Friday, July 13 at the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, Saturday, July 14 at the London Royal Festival Hall and Sunday, July 15 at the Birmingham Symphony Hall. Tickets start at 39.50 pounds (GBP), with 50 and 66 pound tickets also available. Here's what composer James Newton Howard, who scored all four Hunger Games films, had to say in his statement.
"The first Hunger Games movie was one of those rare films to combine epic storyline, memorable characters and challenging musical opportunities. I am thrilled that people will have the chance to experience The Hunger Games again in this live setting."
Additional tour dates will be announced in the near future, with the tour coinciding with the 10th Anniversary of The Hunger Games novel this fall. The Hunger Games novel trilogy, which includes Catching Fire and Mockingjay, were turned into four blockbuster movies, which earned $1.4 billion at the domestic box office and $2.9 billion worldwide. There have been more than 80 million books in the trilogy sold around the world, which have been translated into over 50 languages. The franchise has also spawned a hit mobile game and theme park attractions in the Lionsgate Zone of Dubai's Motiongate theme park. Ever since the movie franchise came to a close in 2015, there have been rumors of new spin-offs or sequels, but nothing has been confirmed by Lionsgate at this time. Perhaps if this tour is successful, we'll start hearing about more Hunger Games movies.