As 30 million Americans tuned in last week to the "Scarlett" miniseries, developers were seeking investors for a $50 million "Gone With the Wind" Country theme park near Atlanta.
The park, if built, will finally provide an answer to the question Atlanta visitors most often ask: "Where's Tara?"
And, recently, developers provided the first detailed glimpse of their vision for the project.
Tara will be a 7,000- square-foot walk-through mansion on 300 forested acres in Villa Rica. Accompanying it will be an 1800s-era town, old-style farms, wooded walkways and a restaurant/convention center modeled after the white-columned Twelve Oaks plantation home.
The park will include film clips, hands-on screen tests, movie memorabilia and, of course, gift shops.
Architects are now designing the buildings, and schematics of the attraction have been worked up to help investment bankers peddle bonds to fund the project.
Interest rate increases have driven yield rates for "GWTW" Country bonds up to a range of 10.5 percent to 13 percent, said developer Mark Driscoll.
"When interest rates go up and you can get good returns on solid investments, people will want more return to roll the dice," said John Huntz, president of the Atlanta Venture Forum, an association of investment bankers.
Mr. Driscoll, an executive with Landmark Entertainment Group, which develops theme parks, said he hopes to begin construction early next year and be finished by the 1996 Olympics.
"It won't be Six Flags, and it won't be Rhett Butler on a Jet Ski," he said.
Mr. Driscoll said he is working with a consultant to deal with the slavery issue accurately but sensitively.
Visitors -- who will pay $14 for adults and $9 for children -- will drive a scenic route around a lake to "decompress" before reaching the parking lot. They then enter the town, which includes the Wilkes-Kennedy Mercantile, Belle Watling's Red Horse Saloon and Aunt Pittypat's Boutique, which have exteriors based on the movie and interiors selling merchandise and food.
There would be a screen test room that allows visitors to act and be spliced into movie outtakes with stars Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh.
Visitors then enter a theater to watch 12 minutes of "GWTW" highlights.
The highlight of the park is a ride on a 30-person wagon through the woods and around a curve where Tara looms in the distance on a hill.
"It's all a buildup for that moment," said Mr. Driscoll, standing on a wooded hill where the fictional home will stand. "Tara will be like the movie -- porches and verandas, lawns and trees, music and barbecues."