EXCLUSIVE: I guarantee you this: something is going to blow up! Action film maestro Michael Bay is making his first foray into unscripted television, partnering with top reality producers Dan Cutforth and Jane Lipsitz of Magical Elves to produce an action-adventure series. One Way Out, which is being pitched to the networks, is described as “a game with no rules.” A cross between an extreme Survivor, The Mole and The Amazing Race, the show pits ordinary people from all walks of life against each other.
“For my first television project I wanted to do something that had never been done before, and I believe that One Way Out, Bay said. “Combining unique twists, death-defying challenges, and stunning visuals, we are reinventing the genre, showing just how far people will go when they are stripped of their bare necessities and forced to do whatever it takes to survive.”
All players have secret pasts that they must keep hidden, setting the stage for an intense game of trust and betrayal. Additionally, the contestants have to adapt to a new environment every week as they travel the world, building towards what the creators bill as “a climactic showdown where all secrets are exposed and a shocking development revealed.”
One Way Out also marks a return to the reality adventure genre for the Magical Elves, best known for their hit cooking series Top Chef on Bravo. Cutforth and Lipsitz, who were also the exec producers on Project Runway when it was on Bravo and are behind a slew of other unscripted series, including Kell on Earth, and the upcoming Work of Art, America’s Next Great Restaurant, L Word and Top Chef: Just Deserts, executive produced the 2006 NBC unscripted adventure series Treasure Hunters.
One Way Out will take the reality adventure genre to the next level,” Cutforth said. “The no-holds-barred format and the intimidating locations will allow a true primal test of endurance to unfold.” Magical Elves and Bay, who is gearing up for production on “Trasformers 3,” are repped by WME.