With a little more than a week remaining before the eagerly anticipated film "The Hunger Games" opens in theaters, the movie has already secured a television rights deal, reports B&C.
ABC Family has bought the rights to the first film, which is based on the first book in a trio of young-adult novels, the story notes. The movie would be available to run on the Disney-owned cable network 30 months after its March 23 release, the piece adds.
"The Hunger Games" set a first-day advance ticket sales record on Fandango last month, the story notes. ABC Family most likely agreed to pay more than the typical 8% to 12% of domestic box office sales, the usual terms for a TV rights deal, because of the huge interest in the film, the piece adds.
The deal may also include rights to the film sequel "Catching Fire," which is slated for a November 2013 release, the story says. Representatives for ABC Family and studio Lionsgate declined to comment.