A new hybrid reality competition show coming to Disney Plus from the producers of The Amazing Race and The Lord of the Rings features normal teenagers thrust in a fully-fledged fantasy/video game world of Dungeons & Dragons.
As reported by Deadline, The Quest will see the group of strangers, who will be known on the show as Paladins, facing off in LARP-inspired challenges in order to save the fictional world of Everealm. The group must complete a series of puzzles, physical challenges and an enormous maze to test their "mind body and soul."
"The Quest is a truly unique unscripted show as it takes contestants into a fully immersive world of magic and fantasy. There is no better partner than Disney Plus for this type of enchanted storytelling," said executive producer and chief creative officer at Scout Productions, Rob Eric.
"We were very focused on the aesthetic of the show, from production design through costume design, making sure that everything felt authentic," Eric continued in a joint statement with Scout Productions' Michael Williams. "We wanted both our Paladins and our audience to feel immersed in the epic world we created."
The Quest originally ran on ABC in 2014 for one season, but the new version of the show coming to Disney Plus is said to be more interactive and realistic. The series will be filmed at a castle on the outskirts of Vienna, Austria.
"We're doing something magical that has never been done at this level," said executive producers Jane Fleming and Mark Ordesky from Court Five. "It's an immersive, real-life hero's journey for these eight normal teenagers, who transform before your very eyes. It's an exciting new form of storytelling."
"What makes The Quest so unique is that it's a true hybrid of scripted and reality," said Elise Doganieri and Bertram van Munster, executive producers from New Media Collective and creators of The Amazing Race.
"It's a groundbreaking new genre where we place real teenagers in a reality competition and bring them into a fully realized fantasy world that is built on a scripted mythology of intrigue and adventure played out alongside actors for a completely immersive experience."
Check out the official trailer of The Quest below.
The Quest is set to debut on Disney Plus on May 11, 2022.