James Rao
Writer

Published: July 26, 2013 at 8:16 AM

Did I read that statement right? $125M to develop the new park? Wow, that is a disappointingly small amount of money. The Wizarding World cost twice that much and it is a tiny footprint with only one new attraction. This park is going to su--! Quality, themed attractions ain't cheap.
72.15.63.66

Published: July 26, 2013 at 8:17 AM

Great news. Just hope Fox learnt from their mistakes in the now closed Fox Studios Backlot Theme Park in Sydney, Australia.
Ian Robinson

Published: July 26, 2013 at 8:48 AM

Well, I'm certainly not eating at the Life Of Pi themed restaurant...
Rob Pastor

Published: July 26, 2013 at 9:13 AM

Is that 25 acre footprint correct? If so that's smaller than the mostly extinct local amusement parks were. Can't put much in a space that small. Jurrasic Park by itself at IOA is 22 acres.
Robert Niles
Editor

Published: July 26, 2013 at 9:26 AM

The acreage is what the release and the article linked above said. That's half the size of Universal Studios Singapore, which packs quite a bit into its 49 acres.
Duncan Henny

Published: July 26, 2013 at 11:47 AM

Here is more info
IGN Article - 20th Century Fox Movie Theme Park in the Works
http://m.uk.ign.com/articles/2013/07/26/20th-century-fox-movie-theme-park-in-the-works
Mike Gallagher

Published: July 26, 2013 at 1:20 PM

I'd hardly call Rio and Life Of Pi "franchises." To me that implies more than one movie, and I'm reasonably sure we won't see a sequel to the latter anytime soon. Rio? I never saw it, but I didn't read anything that made it seem like anything special.

Dominick D

Published: July 26, 2013 at 4:37 PM

Mike, in addition to that, I don't even see how Life of Pi can translate into a ride. Granted it's an amazing movie, but there really isn't much to work with.
Mike Gallagher

Published: July 26, 2013 at 5:49 PM

^^Might work as a simulator, but that's about it.
Dominick D

Published: July 26, 2013 at 9:10 PM

There probably isn't enough in the budget for that Mike. Probably going to be a really short boat ride with statues of Pi and Richard Parker, and a visit to the cursed island with the meerkats.
Jorge Arnoldson

Published: July 26, 2013 at 10:25 PM

"Rio" is getting a sequel next year, so it can be a viable franchise.
219.92.148.199

Published: July 27, 2013 at 8:19 AM

You guys have to understand the cost of building in US is far more expensive than Malaysia, also for the land price. So I think 125M should be enough
86.186.182.43

Published: July 27, 2013 at 10:03 AM

This isn't Fox's first attempt at a studio/park like attraction. Fox Studios Sydney began trying to offer park like experiences (IIRC Titanic was the original drawcard) but fell back to just being a shopping precinct after it pretty much failed.
Mark Kausch

Published: July 29, 2013 at 8:15 AM

Mmmmm, Pi.

Mike, you obviously don't have - or have access to - a 4 year old. I almost know Rio by heart.