It was bound to happen: Someone would find a way to ride the coattails of box-office bonanza The Hunger Games by turning the premise into some kind of TV drama or a reality show. And now it has happened: The CW has confirmed that it is going ahead with a reality show called THE HUNT, “an intense wilderness competition” that will pit 12 teams of two against each other by challenging them to survive in the wilderness and “capture” other teams.
According to a story in The Hollywood Reporter, each team will be dropped in a wilderness area with no food, water or shelter for one month and tasked with capturing the other
players until only one team remains.
No filming or premiere date has been announced, but The CW would be crazy not to debut it in the fall, during the publicity build-up for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire in theaters Nov. 22.
You may remember that back in the summer, The CW was reportedly considering a series dubbed THE SELECTION that would hew closer to The Hunger Games’ (purported) inspiration, the Japanese cult classic Battle Royale. Apparently the American network was unable to reach a deal with the Japanese rights-holders to the original movie and novel, so the idea was shelved. But now it looks like the reality show may make it to series…