Fantasy Island becoming a reality competition where contestants fulfill hotel guests’ fantasies

Mark Burnett will borrow from Fantasy Island for a reality competition that will give a person who best fulfills hotel guests’ fantasies a job at a hotel.

The show “will follow 12 contestants on an island resort. Each week guests will come to the island looking to have a fantasy fulfilled, everything from a dream wedding to a concert with their musical heroes. The contestant that fails to deliver on that fantasy will be eliminated,” Broadcasting and Cable reports. That sounds a lot like Oprah’s Big Give without the charity/need angle.

The hotel or resort will be product placement. Variety reports that “producers are in talks now with several different resorts in locales across the globe in order to find a setting for the show. Selection of the home base for the new ‘Fantasy Island’ will depend on which tie-in deal can ultimately be struck.”

Burnett is partnering with Sony to produce the show, and announced it at MIPCOM in France, saying in a statement, “Fantasy Island has all of the elements of a hit series: an exotic location, dream fulfillment, competition and most of all, emotional story telling. Not only is the competition exciting, but the stories of the people whose fantasies are being fulfilled will be extremely compelling.”

Sony, Mark Burnett Reviving ‘Fantasy Island’ [Broadcasting and Cable]
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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 37, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.