Magazine article Variety

Fantasy Meets Reality in 'Quest'

Magazine article Variety

Fantasy Meets Reality in 'Quest'

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If you've helped make "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy, and the indie film landscape just isn't big enough, where do you go? For producer Mark Ordesky, the answer is reality TV.

Ordesky is among a handful of créatives responsible for the "The Quest," which premieres July 31 on ABC, and marries a mostly scripted environment with real people dropped into a fantasy world - Everealm, replete with actors . who play villagers, villains p-yi and ogres - as they vie to be the "one true hero" who - k. defeats the great evil (Sauron, anyone?).

The show, billed as "immersive reality," is the brainchild of an exec producer combo of feature film pros and reality hitmakers. Ordesky had worked with Jane Fleming at New Line; Rob Eric and Michael Williams ("Queer Eye for the Straight Guy") and Bertram van Munster and Elise Doganieri ("The Amazing Race") cut their teeth on reality stalwarts.

The setting is a real castle on 70 acres of forested land, where the contestants, called paladins, reside. …

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