Imagine a place where people are assigned to a district by lottery, where they hone archery and slingshot skills and zip-line through dense forests to fight to the death for their own survival.
It happens in the movie "The Hunger Games," which opened Friday, but it also will start happening in the woods of North Carolina, where the movie was shot.
OK, maybe not the fight to the death part. But the much-anticipated movie has spawned a "Hunger Games" adventure weekend where children as young as 10 years old (with an adult) can role-play and learn outdoor skills at DuPont State Recreational Forest outside Asheville, which provided the backdrop for key scenes in the film.
"Fans are going to see the film, then probably want to see the film again, and then after they've seen it a couple of times, they'll want to go see the locations," says Wit Tuttell, director of tourism marketing for the state's Division of Tourism, Film and Sports Development. The movie is based on the popular books written by Suzanne Collins about a dystopian society where children fight, gladiator-style, for their survival.