“Fantasy Island” is making another comeback — this time as a reality series for NBC.
The Peacock is producing a pilot for a nonfiction version of the classic ABC hour, which starred Ricardo Montalban as the wish-fulfilling, vaguely Satan-esque overlord of a mysterious island resort. NBC Studios will produce the project, which was developed by Columbia TriStar Television.
CTTV, which will soon cease to exist, has licensed the “Fantasy” title to NBC and is loaning out the services of exec producer Danica Krislovich, who has an overall deal with CTTV.
New “Fantasy” skein will take real people and put them on an island resort where one of their wishes or desires is fulfilled. But as in the original, there won’t always be a happy outcome.
“What we want to do with this format is try to use the idea of ‘Be careful what you wish for,’ ” said NBC reality/specs topper Jeff Gaspin. “It’s not ‘Queen for a Day.’ It’s showing people that what they think they want isn’t always what they actually want.”
Truth of consequences
Krislovich added: “Everybody has a fantasy, but nobody ever thinks of the consequences of what might happen if it came true.”
Gaspin and Krislovich said the skein will incorporate elements of multiple reality formats, from “Popstars” to “Temptation Island” to “Survivor.”
“There’s a lot of flexibility in the format,” Gaspin said.
Each episode will feature multiple storylines — from romance to adventure — with some possibly carrying over from week to week and others intersecting. There’ll likely be a Mr. Rourke-like host and possibly a sidekick; skein will take place on an island with multiple terrains to allow for different storylines.
Krislovich envisions each episode beginning with guests being flown onto “Fantasy Island” via plane, with their fantasies beginning almost as soon as they land.
A potential storyline could involve an engaged woman with cold feet walking into her “Fantasy Island” bedroom to find her ex-boyfriend. Over the course of a few days, she’d be able to discover whether she still has feelings for the ex-flame. As her visit to the island is wrapping up, she might then walk into a dining room to find her fiance.
“Every fantasy will have its own storyline, but it won’t be scripted,” Krislovich said.
Before inking with CTTV, Krislovich spent seven years at MTV, where she worked on numerous specs, including the cabler’s numerous “Rock and Jock” celeb/athlete competitions. She also worked at Fox, producing specs such as “Battle of the Sexes on Ice.”
Deal for the new “Fantasy Island” was brokered by Endeavor.