Western NC cashes in on 'Hunger Games' fame - FOX Carolina 21

Western NC cashes in on 'Hunger Games' fame

Posted: Updated: March 23, 2012 08:19 AM
"The Hunger Games" opened at midnight Friday morning in theatres across the country. (Mar. 23, 2012/FOX Carolina) "The Hunger Games" opened at midnight Friday morning in theatres across the country. (Mar. 23, 2012/FOX Carolina)
Triple Falls is featured in the new movie based on the popular books "The Hunger Games." (Mar. 23, 2012/FOX Carolina) Triple Falls is featured in the new movie based on the popular books "The Hunger Games." (Mar. 23, 2012/FOX Carolina)
ASHEVILLE, NC (FOX Carolina) -

Deep in the woods of Transylvania County lies a secret that's about to become well known.

A waterfall, off the beaten path, known as Triple Falls, is quiet and desolate now - but last year, it was the site of a lot of action.

"All along this area there was a good four to five scenes - once I see the movie tonight, I'll be able to tell you more," says Tammy Hopkins.

That movie that Hopkins is talking about is The Hunger Games. The book was a best seller, and the buzz from the movie is catching the interest of many all across the country - so much so that Transylvania County is launching a tour to go along with the movie's premiere.

Hopkins is co-creator of the county's "Hunger Games tour."

"When people are making reservations, they're saying, 'We're coming for The Hunger Games, where did they shoot, where did they shoot?'" says Hopkins.

The Hunger Games was shot in parts of Transylvania County, Asheville, Shelby and Charlotte, and the book and movie itself set in Appalachia.

SLIDESHOW: The Hunger Games highlights waterfalls, forests of WNC

All this local buzz will likely have theatres a little more packed than usual. Crowds were lining up early Thursday night for their chance to get in the theater first. For many that were in line early in Asheville, the fact that the movie was shot there is just icing on the cake. The big attraction for them - the book.

"You don't really read too much about post-apocalyptic America, so that was pretty cool. And after reading it, you have to keep going," says fan Bonnie Blevins.

But Hopkins is looking at the bigger picture. She knows what buzz like this can bring, saying, "Last of the Mohicans was the last really big buzz film and that was 15 to 20 years ago. However, Chimney Rock Park still gets great calls off of that. So, we're excited 10 or 20 years from now for The Hunger Games impact."

Hopkins says the state is already in negotiations with producers for the second Hunger Games film.

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