“The Sims” Creator Developing TV Show with User-Generated Episodes
Will Wright — creator of innovative video games such as SimCity, The Sims and Spore — is working with former Nickelodeon and SpikeTV president Albie Hecht to develop a TV show called The Creation Project for Al Gore’s Current TV.
According to IGN, the unconventional show would give viewers the chance to develop their own TV episodes via a “StoryMaker Engine,” which provides them with all the tools and images they need to create original tales. The StoryMaker Engine was designed by Wright himself.
Wright, Hecht and their team would sort through the submissions and choose winners, turning each winning story into two half-hour episodes. This vision is in keeping with the theme of creation present in all of Wright’s games.
If it gets a greenlight, the series could premiere by the end of this year, but nothing’s certain yet. Wright has a record of success, though; The Sims is the bestselling computer game of all time, and SimCity and Spore didn’t fare too badly, either. Wright is tapping into the human desire to create, and you never know — that might translate from the family computer to the living room TV.
Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Posted by Jim Gay at 6:06 AM