Nickelodeon has confirmed that it will be bringing The Crystal Maze to American audiences in an all-new U.S. version to be made at The Bottle Yard Studios. Casting is now underway on the 10 x 60″ series which begins production this summer.
Nickelodeon’s version of The Crystal Maze will feature teams of family members tackling the Maze to collect crystals for time in Crystal Dome, where they can grab a cash prize. It is co-produced by Bunim/Murray Productions (The Real World, The Challenge, Born This Way) and RDF Television (Secret Life of 4 Year Olds, Wife Swap, Shipwrecked), all under the Banijay Group.
It is executive produced by Gil Goldschein and Maria Pepin from Bunim/Murray Productions, Neale Simpson from Fizz, part of RDF Television, and Stephen David from Stephen David Entertainment. Production of The Crystal Maze for Nickelodeon is overseen by Rob Bagshaw, Executive Vice President, Unscripted Content.
Rob Bagshaw, Executive Vice President, Nickelodeon Unscripted Content, says:“As Nickelodeon embraces co-viewing opportunities for every member of the family, The Crystal Maze brings a new type of action game and storytelling to audiences with its escape room-style gameplay and emphasis on collaboration and teamwork to win.”
Gil Goldschein, Chief Executive Officer, Bunim/Murray Productions says: “The Crystal Maze has long served as a staple of the UK entertainment landscape and we could not be happier to be reinventing the show for a younger demo alongside our sister companies, RDF and Stephen David Entertainment. Acting as the first series for BMP’s Kids and Family Division, the show will build on our reputation in the competitive game space and we’ve no doubt by partnering with Nickelodeon, we can build a new audience for this brand in the U.S.”
The US show’s host and premiere will be announced at a later date.