The Hunger Games Is Actually Happening For Real In Russia

Anything goes in this unbelievably brutal new reality show.

Jennifer Lawrence in The Hunger Games
Jennifer Lawrence The Hunger Games Image Lionsgate

The Hunger Games became one of the most unsettling YA thillers ever when it was released back in 2012, and millions of us came out the cinema thankful that what we’d just witnessed wasn’t happening in real life.

However, it’s not been revealed that the hugely successful series has inspired a real-life version of the games, and it sounds just as brutal as you’d expect.

As BBC News reports, a Russian TV channel is challenging contestants to survive on their own in the Siberian wilderness for 9 months as part of a bonkers new reality show.

The real life version of the games – called Game 2: Winter – will be just as unforgiving as the movies, after producers said that anything is allowed within the game, including rape and murder.

The show begins on July 1, 2017, and while guns will be banned, the 20 contestants taking part will all carry knives.

While violence is permitted within the boundaries of the game, authorities will be monitoring events and will be prepared to make arrests.  

“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,” producers said. 

The film series saw Jennifer Lawrence’s character Katniss Everdeen attempt to survive a brutal dystopian nightmare after being entered into the games, which sees entrants from 12 districts of an oppressed society fight it out to the death to win food for their community.

Just like in the films, it will be up to participants whether they survive on their own or decide to form teams.

2,000 cameras will follow the progress of the game, which takes part around the forests Novosibirsk, where temperatures can drop as low as -40C.

Fancy taking part in the games? Willing contestants must be “sane” and be able to afford the 10 million roubles (£130,000) entry fee.

To anyone brave, or crazy enough to take part in the the games, we say only this: May the odds be forever in your favour.

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Loaded staff writer Harry Fletcher has covered news, sport and entertainment for several major websites across the UK. Follow him on Twitter at @Harry__Fletcher.