“Everything is allowed: Fighting, alcohol, murder, rape, smoking, anything.” the Siberian Times reports.
A Russian TV network announced the launch of a real-life version of the Hunger Games called “Game2: Winter.” Contestants are to survive for nine months in the Siberian Taiga, where temperatures fall to -40°C (-40°F), filled with bears and wolves and imagine what else.
The show is open to participants from all around the world, as long as they chip in 1M rubles ($165K) or get voted in. They’ll have to be above 18 and mentally sane, too. The show will be aired 24/7 from July 1, 2017 to April 1, 2018.
Knives are allowed, but no guns
The contestants, 15 male and 15 female, will be allowed to carry knives, but no guns. They’ll also receive a special survival training by former GRU Spetsnaz operatives, who used to work Russia’s military intelligence service. They will be allowed no more than 100kg of equipment but viewers will be able to donate items to their favorite contestant each week. They’ll be allowed to form groups, to roam single and the winner(s) will receive a total price of 100M rubles. (around $1.65M)
There will be no filming crew: 2000 cameras will be set up in a forest near Novosibirsk in an area just under three times the size of Central Park and the participants will be carrying portable cameras with rechargable batteries. The show’s producers are currently trying to get hunting permissions for the contestants.
“The show will absolutely be extreme, there are no exceptions.”
Pyatkovsky puts it clearly: “There will be no doctors with the participants. If someone gets sick, wounded and realise that (s)he can not pass the test, the helicopter will take him/her away to the doctors. Then the participant will quit the game forever.” It will take the helicopter half an hour to reach the participant that hits the panic button.
Though the producers boast that anything is allowed, creator Pyatkovsky states that the contestants will also have to sign a release form, relieving the show from any responsibility. “You must understand that the police will come and take you away. We are on the territory of Russia, and obey the laws of the Russian Federation.” He further warns: “We will refuse any claim of participants even if they were to be killed or raped.”