As of 2013, Universal and The Walt Disney Company are the only two major movie studios that have created theme parks to allow guests the chance to interact with the studios’ famous franchises in ways outside of a dark theater. But now they’re about to get some competition: Deadline reports that a new theme park called Twentieth Century Fox World is being built in Malaysia with a 2016 opening penciled in on the calendar.
The chairman of a company called Genting Malaysia said his company is investing $300 million into the new park, which “will feature a fully immersive entertainment experience highlighting some of FOX’s most recognized and powerful film brands.” Which brands, you ask? They have a few already lined up: there will be more than 25 rides and attractions at the park when it opens, and the following films have been earmarked for use in some capacity: Ice Age, Rio, Alien vs. Predator, Planet Of The Apes and Night At The Museum. The press release indicates that more film-related build outs will be announced at a later date, but there’s one movie in the FOX pantheon of films that won’t be appearing at this park any time soon: their most prized possession, Avatar.
James Cameron and his Lightstorm Entertainment team are hard at work on an Avatar theme park, but that will be located within the Animal Kingdom in Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. With an Avatar theme park on the way at Disney and the Mouse House likely building up their newly-acquired Star Wars brand elsewhere in their parks, will the remaining film properties of 20th Century Fox be able to compete? With rumors that Disney could also add a Lord of the Rings theme park to their stable, it seems likely that someone at Twentieth Century Fox World is kicking themselves for selling the theme park rights to their rival (or letting Cameron control them – we’re not sure of the specifics). It’d certainly be nice for them to open this park with a life-size recreation of Pandora to draw crowds across the world to Malaysia, but they’ll have to hope that Ice Age and Planet of the Apes are big enough draws to make their new park worthwhile.
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