Hunger Games for real: A reality show based on the famous film to be shot in Russia
The makers of a Russian reality TV show Game2: Winter, where contestants must survive for nine months in Siberian wilderness, seem to have taken inspiration from the Hunger Games books and film franchise.
Game2: Winter, which will involve being stranded in -40C in Siberian wilderness, will be streamed live 24x7. The person who is able to survive the game will be declared the winner, and awarded $1.38 million. An advertisement for the show mentions that contestants must give consent that they may be maimed or killed. The ad also mentions that there will be 30 contestants and 2000 cameras recording their movements across 900 hectares of land.
Producers have been reported saying, "Everything is allowed - fighting, alcohol, murder, rape, smoking...anything." They will not intervene at all. Voters are can also fund contestants, apart from voting for them. Because of this, the show, which is funded by a Russian millionaire Yevgeny Pyatkovsky, has been at the receiving end of outrage. However, contestants will be held under Russian law, if they do commit any crime.
Yevgeny Pyatkovsky has been quoted saying, “Probably all of you have watched the Lost TV series, but surviving in a tropical climate is quite different from trying to stay alive in the Siberian taiga - boreal forest - at minus 40C.” This forest is home to bears, and the contestants will only be given knives, not guns. He mentions that if contestants think they are in danger, they can press a panic button.
He has also said that there are no doctors on location, so contestants must press the panic button in order to be rescued. Helicopters will take roughly half an hour to reach the contestant. This will mean that they have quit the show.
The contestants will be given training before the show starts, and they can choose to either live alone or in groups. Game2: Winter begins airing on 1 July, 2017.