In a surprise announcement, it was confirmed this morning that Lionsgate is developing a theater play based on the story by Suzanne Collins.

Lionsgate is teaming with Dutch media company Imagine Nation and U.S. based Triangular Entertainment to bring The Hunger Games to the stage using innovative and immersive staging techniques. The Hunger Games theatrical experience will launch in summer 2016 in a brand new purpose-built theater next to Wembley Stadium in London, UK.

The Hunger Games theatrical experience will be produced by award-winning Broadway producer Robin de Levita, co-founder of Imagine Nation. De Levita has recently created groundbreaking presentation formats for two productions in Holland. Soldier of Orange, the hit Dutch musical, in which the audience sits in a 360-degree rotating auditorium that turns from set to set creating an unforgettable experience; and ANNE, the first authorized play in 55 years based on The Diary of Anne Frank, which uses rotating life sized stage sets.

“Robin de Levita and the entire production team are the perfect partners for extending The Hunger Games franchise into a live theatrical experience,” said Lionsgate Chief Marketing Officer Tim Palen. “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.”

“I’m thrilled to be partnering with an innovative next generation studio like Lionsgate on a property that resonates so deeply with global audiences,” said De Levita. “The theater is a fantastic medium to bring the many meaningful layers of Suzanne Collins’ writing to life.”

Robin de Levita has produced more than 80 theater productions in 7 countries, winning Tony Awards for his work in Titanic, 42nd Street and Into the Woods.

This story first appeared on Hunger Times.

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