Survivor creator Charlie Parsons says a local version of Survivor is a real possibility.
“Nothing is set or decided, but there is a real appetite in Australia so I’m really hopeful that there will be a new Australian production and fairly soon,” he told fansite Survivor Oz.
“It hasn’t been on in Australia for some time, and we’ve licensed it to a production company in Australia who have said there is a huge appetite for it, and they’re speaking to the networks about it who may even be fighting over it. So I can’t really say more than that. It’s quite exciting! We’ve always had the view that Australia is a perfect market for Survivor because you’ve got that ‘get out there’ sensibility and that’s what the show is about.”
Given FremantleMedia is the local license holders for Mark Burnett brands in Australia, it’s a fairly safe guess to presume they are the unnamed production company here.
Nine, which holds the rights to the US version in perpetuity, tried a failed Australian Survivor in 2002.
Seven subsequently produced a “Celebrity” version, with such star-studded names as Amber Petty, Guy Leech, David Oldfield, Fiona Horne and host Dicko.