Sony is considering unscripted adaptations of feature films, “Game of the Honeymooners” – Deadline
Feature films could be the next big untapped market for unscripted reboots. HBO Max is directing a series of reality TV competitions inspired by Magic mike and now Sony is looking at its movie library.
Holly Jacobs, executive vice president, alternative programming and syndication for Sony Pictures Television, told Deadline she was about to market a project with an unscripted format based on a Sony movie.
“Now we’re leveraging our amazing feature titles. We’re about to come out with one with an unscripted lens around. We are looking at a number of titles. If a title is well known, it’s fantastic to take a look at what this movie is and is there an unscripted way, what would be the basis. People look at things they feel comfortable with, they remember, ”she added.
One could imagine a series of competitions based on The Karate Kid or a slime series based on ghost hunters or a format based on Men in black Where Charlie’s Angels.
Elsewhere, the studio is looking at its library of classic formats that it can update. Jacobs (left) said that The game of the newlyweds will be the next show it hits the market. The show, which debuted on ABC in 1966 and produced by Chuck Barris, takes newly married couples and sees them each go head to head in a series of question sets to see how well they know their partner.
The show ran through the 1960s and 1980s, was syndicated in the 1990s, and GSN made a new version in the 2000s. Jacobs called it “the great jewel in our crown.” “It was the original Love is blind. You look at our library, there’s a reason some of these formats have been released for decades, and that’s because they have such a simple and sticky premise. This will be the next one we put on the market, ”she added.
This comes after he has landed a reboot of The Celebrity Dating Game, with Zooey Deschanel and Michael Bolton, at ABC. Jacobs said the show, which launches this summer, is “cotton candy”. She pointed out that A-list talent is now comfortable in the genre, pointing out that Mike Myers was hosting his reboot of The gong show. “It’s a huge change; I remember the time you said this person would never do that and now you got all the important people [interested]. “
Behind-the-scenes talent is also getting involved. Jacobs revealed he was working with Horrible bosses director Seth Gordon on a documentary series and CSI executive producer Josh Berman was behind an unscripted series Murder House Flip in Quibi.
This show was a mix between real crime and home improvement, which launched on the Short-lived Abbreviated Service last April. There is potential for more after Roku acquires the Quibi Library.
Jacobs said Sony is looking for more “super genre” formats. There is also potential for international versions of the series and is working with international production manager Wayne Garvie and his team. “We talked about doing the international version of Murder House Flip and I think that’s something that will happen on the road, ”she added.
Sony has many production companies around the world, including To move back producer Stellify Media and recently acquired Whisper Films. Jacobs said he’s partnered with his UK production team to develop more formats, hopefully reverse-engineered formats that could eventually come to the US and collaborate more deeply on the creation. ideas rather than simply presenting existing global formats to the United States.
The company has been bolstered by its ability to put a number of its long-standing unscripted shows back into production during the pandemic, including The Celebrity Wheel of Fortune and the $ 100,000 Pyramid. But it was Shark aquarium it was the first in the game last summer.
The show is 12e season was shot in a bubble at the Venetian hotel in Las Vegas. “We felt a more emotional obligation to get Shark aquarium because of all the times businesses needed support and improvement, ”she said. “Mark Cuban was very helpful because we were watching the NBA at the time and trying to figure out what that bubble is. [looked like]. “
Going forward, Jacob’s goal is to “pivot” and “expand his reach” into more areas and work with more broadcasters and streamers. “There are so many new platforms and it’s going to be interesting to see how it all plays out. For those of us who are content creators, it’s a really big playing field right now and spreading our wings to work in different genres and formats. There is huge optimism because we saw our shows start up and we did it safely and now hopefully we get an audience again and this will be another chapter.