Chernobyl: Success, controversy and remake, we tell you everything
Chernobyl: a huge success
Chernobyl, as its name suggests, tells the story of the worst disaster in history caused by man on April 26, 1986. The series relates the fate of several individuals who sacrificed themselves to save Europe from an immense disaster. Dramatic, sad, trying, the fiction is nevertheless a real success.
9.7 out of 10 on IMDb, 4.7 out of 5 on Allociné, 95% approval rate on Rotten Tomatoes, in short, the series is a great success with various specialised sites, surpassing other highly appreciated fictions such as Breaking Bad or Game of Thrones.
Chernobyl is such a success that tourism has revived on the scene of the tragedy. Although 2017 saw a 35% increase in tourism over 2016 and a 350% increase over 2012, the series was able to bring in 40% more tourists this year. Several Instagramers are also among these new tourists, making Chernobyl a fashionable destination.
Chernobyl: the controversies
Unfortunately, this boom in tourism has not only positive aspects. at a time when the superficial is king, selfies are going full speed ahead on social networks, some even going so far as to forget what happened there 33 years before. Half naked, smiling pictures in front of rusty cars or in front of some half destroyed buildings, the place becomes a destination where everything is allowed despite the ever-present danger.
Which is really not to the taste of Craig Mazin, the author of the series. The fiction he created is intended to recall all the suffering and sacrifice of the men and women who died there. In one of these tweets, the producer makes a real appeal for dignity and respect for the memory of these victims.
It’s wonderful that #ChernobylHBO has inspired a wave of tourism to the Zone of Exclusion. But yes, I’ve seen the photos going around.
If you visit, please remember that a terrible tragedy occurred there. Comport yourselves with respect for all who suffered and sacrificed.
– Craig Mazin (@clmazin) June 11, 2019
Aside from this controversy, one nation does not look favourably on Craig Mazin’s view of this tragedy.
Chernobyl: the remake
The success of this American series in which the Russians are implicated is not very well seen on the Moscow side. Better still, Russia is already working on a remake of the series to reveal that the Chernobyl disaster was the object of a plot orchestrated by the CIA. During an interview on the Komsomolskaya Pravda site relayed by the Express, the future director of the series, Alexei Muradov, asserts that “One theory assures that Americans had infiltrated the Chernobyl nuclear power station and several historians do not deny that on the day of the explosion, an agent of the enemy spy services was present in the power station”.
The Cold War may be over, but this is a story that is sure to add fuel to the fire.
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