The US Fox Network will follow the Australian move to produce a local production of the Japanese gameshow Hole in the Wall.
It has ordered a pilot of the show which puts players, dressed in spandex and hard hats, face down a moving barrier that features ever-changing cut-out shapes. They have to contort their bodies every which way in order to fit through the wall or else end up being swept into a pool of water.
Nine will produce a local version in 2008.
FremantleMedia has eight international versions of the format in production including Russia and India.
FremantleMedia North America chief executive Cecile Frot-Coutaz said the format “has a universal comedic appeal with viewers of all ages across multiple platforms,” noting clips of Hole have attracted more than 5 million hits on YouTube over the past six to nine months.