Imagine a reality TV show where contestants have to survive nine months in the depths of Sibera, and where rape and murder are allowed.
But it’s exactly what Russian millionaire, Yevgeny Pyatkovsky, is preparing.
Game2: Winter is the show in question. Beginning in July 2017, the programme will follow 30 male and female contestants through the freezing Siberian wilderness in their fight to stay alive for three quarters of a year.
The contestants will initially be given knives and survival training before they are dumped in snowy wilderness and have to survive completely by themselves by hunting and making their own shelters.
The rules? Well, there aren’t any. The Siberian Times state that “Everything is allowed including rape and murder.”
Those who prove that they can survive nine months in the -40 degrees centigrade with wolves, bears and snakes will win £1.3 million.
The requirements to enter are pretty low – you need to be over 18, “mentally sane”, and be prepared to either pay £130,000 to enter, or be voted in by viewers.
Over the nine months in Siberia, the contestants will be screened online 24/7, however there will be no film crew – just a portable camera strapped to each participant with a rechargeable battery, along with thousands of cameras in the area.
Each week, participants will be able to request an item from the viewers, who will then donate money for it via the show’s website.
While the whole things sounds mad, there’s been a high level of interest so far. Applicants include entrepreneurs, photographers, professional rescuers, jewelers, and psychologists.
Anyone from across the world can apply to enter, with Pyatkovsky promising that broadcasts will be simultaneously translated into English, French, German, Spanish, Chinese, and Arabic. He also told the Siberian Times that “Overall, the show promises to be international: five countries have already expressed the desire to broadcast it for their audiences.”
It seems like someone’s obsession with the Hunger Games is a little too unhealthy: May the odds be ever in your favour.