Lionsgate Enters Gaming Arena, Hunger Games, Divergent Games Possible
Lionsgate wants to make 'The Hunger Games' playable, along with some of its other film franchises.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Lionsgate, one of the highest profiting independent film and TV companies in North America, has signed on Peter Levin, the former CEO of Nerdist Industries to adapt the company's existing film properties into games that primarily focus on the mobile devices and social media websites. Levin will be leading Lionsgate's ventures into the gaming industry.
"We've got a phenomenal library of content," Levin said, mentioning Lionsgate franchises such as 'The Hunger Games' and 'Divergent.' "Each property could be brought to life in the video game space."
Levin is the co-founder of GeekChicDaily, which combined with Chris Hardwick's (of 'The Talking Dead' fame) Nerdist website in 2011 to form Nerdist Industries. Peter Levin left Nerdist Industries this past September. Levin has also been working at the Finnish company Next Games, which is working on a mobile title for 'The Walking Dead.'
"Peter is a perfect fit for our entrepreneurial culture," said Jon Feltheimer, chief executive officer of Lionsgate. "He is ideally qualified to lead the continued growth of our content business into the video game space and other interactive digital ventures."
Considering Lionsgate's numerous franchises and the widespread popularity of 'The Hunger Games,' we can't wait to see what kind of titles could arise out of this unexpected announcement.