Big Brother co-creator, Paul Romer, has plans for a reality TV show that are sure to be out of this world. Ok, I’ll admit that was a cheesy opening, but how can one take this reality show idea seriously? As internet reports swirl, Romer is working alongside Dutch space launch company Mars One, space station supplier Space X and Noble prize winner and physicist Gerald ‘t Hooft to produce a reality series based on a mission to Mars. Mars One is currently planning on sending 2 people to Mars each year until 2033, in the hopes of building a new community outside of Earth. Plans include engaging a film crew in on the project documenting every step of the mission. Everything from the auditions to the trip to Mars could be filmed and edited for television.
In a statement regarding the news, Mars One claims that “The entire world will be able to watch and help the decisions as the teams of settlers are selected, follow their extensive training and preparation for the mission and of course, observe their settling on Mars,” Mars One revealed in a statement. The emigrated astronauts will share their experiences with us as they build their new home, conduct experiments and explore Mars.”
Meanwhile, Romer told UK’s The Daily Mail, “When the Mars One founders approached me … my first response was, ‘What can they do that NASA can’t? That conversation made it clear to me. They think so creatively and out-of-the-box. The concept of a ‘one-way’ mission is both outrageous and exciting … Reality meets talent show with no ending and the whole world watching. Now there’s a pitch!”
While we recently reported that Big Brother is moving to our northern neighbors in Canada, who would have thought that the reality hit would be expanding to Infinity and Beyond? The more important question here is … will Mars One help develop a real Chenbot to join the expedition?
What do you think, Yaks? Would you audition to be a part of this once in a lifetime experience? Will this project even get off the ground?