How did this get past us? According to Deadline Hollywood’s Nellie Andreeva, Merv Griffin Entertainment and Namco Bandai Games America are teaming up to develop… wait for it…
A Pac-Man reality show.
A what? No…
Yes, actually, the idea is to make what Griffin’s Roy Bank calls “the world’s biggest game of tag,” replete with Wipeout-style antics. They’re shopping the concept to the networks now.
Oh, sure, say it’s ridiculous. Maybe it is. But you would watch it. You know you would. You would tell everyone you wouldn’t, but you would, just to see what it could possibly be like. Admit it.
Surely, though, you can think of other classic video games that would make for interesting reality TV concepts. A real-life Leisure Suit Larry with contestants trying to pick up women at singles resorts in the Caribbean? (Too much like “Shipmates”?) Any first-person shooters like Doom or Quake, like televised Laser Tag? I’m holding out for a real-life Dig Dug, myself. I’m thinking a giant set like a human ant farm. Give me some time to work on the pitch.
But I don’t work fast enough: The New York Post says there are plans to make an Angry Birds animated TV series. Anyone have the rights to Plants v. Zombies?