TV Tonight understands I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here is heading north for its 7th season, to film at the site near Murwillumbah, NSW, normally used by the UK series.
The 10 production is naturally unable to film in South Africa due to ongoing restrictions around COVID-19 but the good news is it has hatched a plan to return safely for 2021.
The UK production has also relocated to Welsh castle Gwrych Castle for this year, although the German series also usually films in Australia.
The site is off Dungay Creek Road, north of Murwillumbah, and less than an hour from the Gold Coast. Despite those huge international costs, 10 traditionally wanted the series in Africa because it felt the celebrities would be more fearful of African animals than Aussie, a strategy that has certainly worked for the show. South African labour costs are also likely to be cheaper than Aussie rates.
The site also includes a treetop host set (see video).
The move means Julia Morris & Dr. Chris Brown will need to swap the jungle script for a (sub-tropical) rainforest, and Tucker Trials for Bushtucker Trials. But 2020 has been a helluva curveball and getting the show safely in the can will be a major achievement, wherever it is staged.
10 would not confirm the speculation (on a show that is all about speculation) only confirming the show would indeed return in early 2021.