HBO's Chernobyl, the five-episode miniseries which came to a finale on June 3, chronicled the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant disaster of 1986 when a massive explosion, caused by a failed nuclear reactor, spread radioactive material across Belarus, Russia, and Ukraine, and as far as Scandinavia and western Europe.
THR also reports that while some local viewers in Russian Federation "criticized Chernobyl for inaccuracies and overall failure to catch the spirit of the Soviet regime's final years", it was well received on Russia's local analog of IMDb, KinoPoisk, with an average rating of 9.1.
So much so, the country has decided to make its own Chernobyl-inspired series, The Hollywood Reporter reported on Thursday.
This new series was commissioned by NTV, "a top free-to-air network, owned by Gazprom Media, the media arm of the natural gas giant Gazprom". More than 30 people died in the initial aftermath of the accident, which raged for 10 days, according to the Nuclear Energy Institute. However, there's a rather large entity that isn't a fan of the miniseries: the Russian government.
The Russian series' creator, Alexei Muradov, apparently considers it a source of national shame that the American series, created by Craig Mazin, is earning so much praise for its depiction of a historic Russian tragedy.
The show will depict an American CIA operative at Chernobyl conducting sabotage.
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However, the new series will have a different take on events and according to The Moscow Times, the new series will be based around the premise that "the Central Intelligence Agency sent an agent to the Chernobyl zone to carry out acts of sabotage".
"The first thing to understand about the HBO mini-series "Chernobyl", wrote a reporter for The New York Times, "is that a lot of it is made up".
The idea does not match reality.
"There is a hypothesis with the interference of Americans in the work of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant".
The Times adds: "The fact that an American, not a Russian, TV channel tells us about our own heroes is a source of shame that the pro-Kremlin media apparently can not live down".