One of these is not a surprise, but the other one certainly is, though perhaps it shouldn’t be.
Disney CEO Bob Iger reveals to Bloomberg that more Star Wars will indeed be added to Disney parks around the world in the wake of the company buying out Lucasfilm, starting with Disneyland in California and eventually expanding around the world:
The only thing I can share, which actually I don’t think we’ve talked about much, is there is a fair amount of development going on at Disney Imagineering right now to expand the Star Wars presence in California and in Orlando and eventually in other parks around the world. We do have Star Wars in other theme parks – France, Paris and in Tokyo, and we haven’t made any specific announcements of what will be in Shanghai or what we’re adding in Hong Kong after we build an Iron Man attraction, but I think it’s likely that Star Wars will be in more than just our two domestic parks.
As for what Star Wars attractions at Disney parks may look like, rumors abound so speculate away.
In slightly more nonsensical news, Lionsgate wants in on the theme park business too, and is considering offers from two territories to build parks based on The Hunger Games. Business-wise, sure, it makes sense, with the first film having made nearl $700 million worldwide and the next sequels surely looking to top even that. But exactly what kinds of fun rides and theme restaurants do they think they can glean from a dystopian society in which children are forced to kill each other?
According to Variety, Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer is considering the offers and probably brainstorming just this conundrum as we speak. Boy, how much do they wish Ender’s Game was the massive box office smash insetad? A Battle Room themed ride, now that would be cool.