Nickelodeon gave a green light to The Crystal Maze — an all-new version of the UK game show, developed for U.S. audiences as a co-production of Bunim/Murray Productions (The Real World, The Challenge, Born This Way) and RDF Television (Secret Life of 4 Year Olds, Wife Swap, Shipwrecked), under the Banijay Group.
Originally debuting in 1990, The Crystal Maze is a British staple that is considered a forerunner to the current escape-room craze. The competitive challenge centers on a family team who must utilize physical and mental skills to successfully navigate an elaborate labyrinth of four giant and immersive themed zones. Over the years, the series has been reinvented and relaunched several times.
“As Nickelodeon embraces co-viewing opportunities for every member of the family, The Crystal Maze brings a new type of action game and storytelling to audiences with its escape room-style gameplay and emphasis on collaboration and teamwork to win,” says Rob Bagshaw, executive vice president of Nickelodeon unscripted content.
The U.S. version of the series will tape on the show’s original set in Bristol, England, this summer.