ABC Family Wins the Rights to The Hunger Games
Katniss Everdeen has found a new home.
ABC Family has acquired the television rights to air The Hunger Games, the network announced Monday.
Lionsgate's blockbuster film drew $152.5 million during its opening weekend, the third highest opening of all time. ABC Family, which also has the rights to the Harry Potter franchise, additionally garnered the rights to the second film in the franchise, Catching Fire. The films will begin airing on ABC Family in 2014.
The Hunger Games snatches the third-biggest opening weekend of all time
"It's an understatement to say that we are thrilled to add the first two films of 'The Hunger Games' franchise to our channel lineup," President of ABC Family Michael Riley said in a statement. "This tremendous opening weekend reinforces what we have already learned -- a powerful heroine, themes of romance and iconic characters will keenly resonate with our Millennial audience. This franchise will continue to enhance our network for years to come."
Directed by Gary Ross, The Hunger Games stars Jennifer Lawrence as one of 24 tributes who must fight to the death in the country's annual Hunger Games.