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Sam Raimi teams with CW for reality

by Allison Waldman, posted Mar 15th 2008 11:01AM
Sam RaimiSpider-Man's director is going real. Reality TV that is. After nearly two years of talking with the CW about this project, Sam Raimi is prepping a summer reality series called 13. Considering Raimi's unique vision, as seen in the Spider-Man movies and other features like Darkman and Evil Dead, you have to hope that he'll bring something fresh to a genre as played out as reality.

Raimi with co-executive produce the eight-episodes of 13 with a renown reality producer, Jay Bienstock (Survivor and The Apprentice). Also attached is Robert Tapert, Sam's Ghost House Productions partner.

Bienstock has only recently been added to the mix, and he's there to make this show a reality -- really. The previous producers couldn't make it a go. "The idea of doing horror/scary/reality show with Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert -- there's nothing better," he said.

The idea for the show -- which was once called House of Horrors -- is a bunch of people living in a house where they must face their fears as one after another are killed (not really) off the show. There will be 13 (like the title, get it?) contestants; the survivor (ha-ha) wins.

"Think about those old movies -- we want to put people in a place like that, where they have to deal with their fears and anxieties. They'll end up surprising one another," said Bienstock. "Those old movies" could mean anything from the hotel in The Shining to the castle in Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein. I don't think it'll be the groovy Big Brother house with plastic furniture, but I could be wrong.

Watch for all eight horrific episodes this summer on the CW -- just cover your eyes if you don't like scary movies.

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