Nickelodeon brings the smash hit UK game show The crystal labyrinth in the USA
The children’s cable network announced Monday that it has given the green light to a new version of the show to be co-produced by Bunim / Murray Productions (The real world, the challenge, born this way) and RDF Television (Secret life of 4 years, Exchange of wives, Castaways), all under the BanijayGroup.
The show, billed as a “forerunner of the current escape game craze”, has been airing in the UK since the mid-90s and was recently relaunched with celebrity, charity and family seasons. in the UK, Australia and other territories.
The series centers around a competitive challenge featuring a family team that must use physical and mental skills to successfully navigate an elaborate maze of four giant, immersive themed areas.
Nickelodeon’s version of the show will feature a family tackling a range of challenges in areas collectively known as Crystal Maze. Each successful game is rewarded with a “time crystal” equivalent to five seconds in the Crystal Dome centerpiece. The adventure culminates in a final which finds the team entering the Dome to collect a cash prize as it flies around them during a dramatic countdown.
Nickelodeon ordered 10 one-hour episodes; Casting is underway, with plans to begin production on the original set in Bristol, England this summer. The show will feature a yet unknown host who will guide the family through every challenge and adventure. The series premiere date will also be announced at a later date.
âAs Nickelodeon embraces the co-viewing opportunities for every member of the family, The crystal labyrinth brings a new kind of action storytelling game to audiences with its escape room style gameplay and the emphasis on collaboration and teamwork to win, âsaid Rob Bagshaw, Executive Vice President of Content unscripted at Nickelodeon.
Bunim / Murray CEO added Gil Goldschein: âThe crystal labyrinth has long been a staple of the UK entertainment landscape and we couldn’t be happier to reinvent the show for a younger demo alongside our sister companies, RDF and Stephen David Entertainment. Acting as the first series for the Kids and Family division of BMP, the show will build on our reputation in the competitive gaming space and we are confident that by partnering with Nickelodeon we can create a new audience for this. brand in the United States.
The crystal labyrinth is produced by Goldschein and Maria Pepin of Bunim / Murray; Neale Simpson of Fizz, member of RDF Television; and Stephen David of Stephen David Entertainment. Bagshaw oversees production for Nickelodeon.