“Seabiscuit” helmer Gary Ross is getting ready to take on the Rock — and reality TV.
Oscar-nommed Ross and production partner Robin Bissell, along with thesp-scribe-producer Hart Bochner, are developing a prison break show built around the concept of contestants escaping from the famed (and much-filmed) U.S. penitentiary at Alcatraz Island. Pitches are being set up at multiple nets.
Producers have pacted with the National Park Service for exclusive rights to film the reality show in and around the Rock. Participants would actually live in the legendary federal prison — and then, in a sort of reverse “Survivor,” they’ll have to figure out how to get off the island.
Ross and Bissell will produce via their Larger Than Life shingle, with Bochner attached via his Rustic Creek Prods. Project is the first foray into reality TV for all partners.
Alcatraz, which closed to prisoners in 1963, has long been the subject of Hollywood’s fancy — think 1962’s “Birdman of Alcatraz,” the 1979 Clint Eastwood starrer “Escape from Alcatraz” and 1996’s “The Rock.”