A very Happy New Year to everyone! It is now (in the UK at least) 2016, and while this may be it for the Hunger Games films in cinemas, there are still things to get excited for this year! Check out our top 5 rundown:
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1. The Hunger Games Exhibition in San Francisco [February] & Location #3 TBA?
Following a 6 month stop in New York City ending later this month, the Hunger Games Exhibition opens on February 13 at San Francisco's Palace of Fine Arts! Tickets are now available here, with the last date on May 30. After that, we're expecting another 5/6-month stop in a third location, and question is, will it be another U.S. city or will they go over to this side of the Atlantic....
(image via Amazon UK)
2. Mockingjay - Part 2 Home Media Release [February/March]
You've seen it tens of times in cinemas, now it's time to see it a countless more times at home - Mockingjay - Part 2 is expected to land on Digital HD in mid-February, and on Blu-ray and DVD (plus Blu-ray 3D in select countries) in early March. If you haven't already pre-ordered, do so now (Amazon US, UK) - there are steelbooks, 4-film sets, and for those stateside even the Target Exclusive available to pre-order. Expect the official release date and content announcements in the next few weeks - remember the dates will vary by territory with the U.S. getting the film first (sorry).
3. 'The Hunger Games' in StageAround Play in London [June]
Robin de Levita's theatre production of The Hunger Games is due to open in the brand new state-of-the-art Wembley Theatre in north-west London this June! This is literally all we know so far, not to mention the rotating seating area technology that the play will use. With the recent casting announcement for the Harry Potter and the Cursed Child production opening in the West End this summer also, it shouldn't be too long before we hear more on who will take on the iconic roles, whether de Levita will pack the whole book trilogy into the play or just adapt the first book, and when we'll be able to book tickets...
4. The 'Ultimate Edition' Hunger Games Blu-ray/DVD Box Set [maybe November?]
Because we all know they won't drop this on us this spring.... As is usual with such franchises, we're expecting the studio to release an ultimate set at a later date - our guess is November at the earliest - with all 4 films, hopefully additional brand new content (blooper reel anyone?), and some great-looking collectible packaging. Francis Lawrence mentioned in interviews recently that he hasn't yet been asked about working on something for the ultimate set but he did float the idea of a combined 4 hour cut of Mockingjay.
And regardless of whether we necessarily like this or not, we just have to mention this....
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5. The First of The (Dreaded) Hunger Games Theme Park Areas Opens in Dubai [October]
Ready for a fun trip to Panem? Yes, the first of the Lionsgate theme park zones opens in Dubai's Motiongate park in October. We won't say much more about this apart from - who knows what may change in the next 10 months.......
To end on a happier note, we'd like to say a massive thank you to all of our fellow fansites, fans, everyone involved with the films and Lionsgate for making 2015 as fantastic as it was, and here's to an even better 2016!