Report said Slumdog Millionaire may be adapted into reality show Secret Slumdog Millionaire

A British newspaper reported Sunday that producers of the highly acclaimed (and pretty damn amazing–see it) film Slumdog Millionaire would be turned into a reality series based upon Secret Millionaire that would be called, unsurprisingly, Secret Slumdog Millionaire.

Since then, the Daily Express has inexplicably removed the story from their web site, although Google’s cache of the story is still available.

The paper reported that “millionaires will visit the slums of Mumbai in India, where Slumdog Millionaire was made, to help poverty-stricken families,” and said that the series “is the brainchild of Celador, which co-produced the film and makes ITV1’s Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?” The report suggests “Celador is collaborating with RDF Media, the independent production company that makes the award-winning Secret Millionaire.”

As far as sources, the newspaper quotes only an anonymous “television insider”–not even someone associated with the show–who offered an opinion about the show (“a fantastic idea”) and not much else beyond the assertion that “producers are bracing themselves against claims that they are cashing in on poverty but the bottom line is they will actually be helping people as well as making great television.”

Slumdogs’ Secret Millionaires (Google cache) [Daily Express]

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