> Photos: Paramount Park Murcia theme park in Spain
Located on the Mediterranean coast about 270 miles southeast of Madrid, Paramount Park Murcia will feature 30 attractions with an adjacent shopping center, hotels and casino.
Construction is expected to begin in spring 2012 on a 100-acre theme park set around a central lake that will combine the themed lands of Disneyland with the movie backlots of Universal Studios.
While not an investor, Paramount Pictures will license movie properties to the developer and provide design direction for the theme park. The movie studio entered into a similar agreement in 2007 for Paramount Movie Park Korea.
Paramount operated several U.S. theme parks from 1992 until 2006, including King's Island in Ohio, King's Dominion in Virginia and Great America in Northern California.
Paramount Park Murcia will feature four themed lands based on adventure, fantasy, the future and the American Wild West as well as a main entrance promenade. Here's a closer look at each of the areas, which continue to evolve:
> Paseo Promenade
Alternately known as Paseo Paramount and Paramount Promenade, the main entrance esplanade will feature a city streetscape that leads to a central hub sitting on a lake. Visitors will enter under a replica of the iconic Bronson Gate at Paramount Pictures in Hollywood.
Among the attractions in Paseo Promenade:
A stage spectacular called Paramount Live will feature a rock 'n' roll show with a live band.
A ride or show based on the "School of Rock" movie starring Jack Black may be included in the entrance area.
> Adventure City
The action-oriented land will be set amid a small American town during the 1950s, with teenagers in period dress performing amid hot rod cars in the square.
Among the attractions in Adventure City:
Grease Lightning - Traditional bumper cars with vehicles designed to look like 1950s-era hot rods.
Titanic: The Exhibition - Visitors pass through a museum-like queue that tells the history of Titanic before boarding lifeboats for a special effects show depicting the sinking of the renowned ocean liner. Other Titanic exhibits include re-creations of key movie scenes and a display of the tools and techniques employed in the hunt for the ship's remains.
Mission: Impossible - Visitors waiting in the queue are recruited as sleeper agents before climbing aboard a military-style vehicle for a 4D special effects ride through action scenes inspired by the Tom Cruise movies. The ride appears to employ motion based simulator vehicles similar to the Amazing Adventures of Spider-man at Universal's Islands of Adventure theme park in Florida.
Italian Job Stunt Track - Based on the 2003 remake starring Mark Wahlberg and Charlize Theron, the themed coaster with three launch zones turns visitors into stunt drivers. Riders sit in Mini Cooper-styled train cars as they dodge near-collisions, narrowly avoid explosions and escape gunfire from a hovering helicopter.