Disney+ has ordered four new non-fiction projects to series, including a remake of the fantasy-reality competition show “The Quest” from the executive producers of “The Lord of the Rings,” “Queer Eye” and “The Amazing Race.” The news was announced on Wednesday morning at the Realscreen Summit in New Orleans.
The remake of the reality series, which originally aired in 2014, will return to the man-made fantasy world of Everealm, which will be filmed at a castle outside Vienna, Austria. Teenaged contestants will compete “in an unfolding drama where they encounter mystical beings and magical encounters that rival their favorite books, games and movies,” according to Disney+. They will be immersed in a 360-degree technological world featuring creature design, practical effects and scripted characters who will interact with them throughout the competition.
The streaming service also ordered “The Maze” from the “Amazing Race” executive producers behind “The Quest.” The brainteaser competition series will feature five teams solving riddles and deciphering clues to guide them through European cities and fairytale villages in an attempt to solve an elaborate maze.
Disney+ also ordered National Geographic’s “Meet the Chimps,” a six-part series which will follow the lives the chimpanzees in a Louisiana wildlife sanctuary, including “food squabbles, alliances, romances, ‘bromances,’ tears, tantrums, high jinx and heartbreaks,” according to Nat Geo.
The fourth project is an untitled docuseries about Pixar’s SparkShorts program, which follows a group of Pixar employees who are given a chance to make their own animated short film.
“The Quest” will be executive produced by Court Five’s Mark Ordesky (“The Lord of the Rings”) and Jane Fleming, Scout Productions’ David Collins, Michael Williams, Rob Eric (“Queer Eye”), and New Media Collective’s Bertram van Munster, Elise Doganieri and Mark Dziak (“The Amazing Race”).
“The Maze” is also executive produced by van Munster, Doganieri and Dziak.
“Meet the Chimps” is produced by Blink Films (“Meet the Penguins,” Meet the Orangutans,” “The Creative Brain”). Justine Kershaw and Michael Welsh will executive producers, while Virginia Quinn will direct.
The untitled Pixar project is executive produced by Brian McGinn, Jason Sterman and David Gelb.