EXCLUSIVE: Fox falls into the mousetrap for its latest reality contest series.
With eOne, the network is developing a physical format without a script based on Hasbro’s classic board game Mouse Trap. It’s the latest competitive format in the works of Rob Wade’s unscripted division, which is behind series, including Lego master and Spiritual samurai.
In the series, participants compete against each other as they overcome larger-than-life obstacles recreated from the game. Through a series of demanding challenges that require the utmost physical and mental endurance, each episode will culminate in its final round, where the final players work together to steal as much cheese as possible while taking the risk of being caught by the legendary mousetrap to be taken. The more they steal, the more money they make.
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Tara Long from eOne, Matt Walton, Matt Prichard and Mark Herwick are producing the project.
It comes as Hasbro’s own TV and film producer pushes its intellectual property development based on its parent company. The producer is developing an animated remake of Note at Fox, the film and television world of Dungeons and has teamed up with House of cards’ Beau Willimon is developing a scripted version of risk.
Geno McDermott, president of US Alternative Programming – Unscripted Television, told Deadline in April that it was working on a number of projects based on board games and toys. “Exactly when Lego master Worked really well when Hasbro bought eOne and the lightbulb went out. We have all of this IP so we started creating shiny floor shows and different types of formats where we start with a piece of IP instead of starting from scratch, ”he said.
Mouse Trap is the latest scriptless project based in this area. Fremantle and Mattel are working on a TV version of Whac-A-Mole, and Propagate are working with Mattel on a game show based on Uno. NBC has also made a series based on the Slip N Slide, though the network pulled it off its post-Olympics premiere after a pretty nasty case of explosive diarrhea hit production.
Mouse Trap was developed by Marvin Glass and first published by Ideal in 1963.