The Whole of Lundin
April 6, 2008 8:45 PM
Cody Lundin, the survivalist author who spent two years spent living in a brush shelter in the woods where he slept on pine needles and cooked over an open fire, is about to become a member of an elite class of television franchise players. Juma Entertainment has signed Mr. Lundin to a development deal with not one but two series in the works, both drawing heavy interest from broadcast and cable outlets.
The first series, “Stranded,” finds 12 people living in the extreme wilderness for 20 days and vying for a prize of $1 million. Unlike other outdoor survival reality shows, Mr. Lundin, the star and host of the series, will be living out there alongside the contestants, guiding them through the experience and offering advice along the way.
The second series is based on Mr. Lundin’s book “When All Hell Breaks Loose: Stuff You Need to Survive When Disaster Strikes.” That series will take on the urban jungle, explaining what to do in the city in a worst-case situation such as the electrical grid shutting down, a building collapsing, etc. Lewis Fenton, head of production for Juma, said there are multiple networks after the latter series.
“When we were in New York pitching the show, we realized that in this technological era, we have no survival skills. So we will explore how to find potable water, catch a sewer rat or get out of a trapped subway. Those skills are hot right now.”