Amazon Studios has picked up the Mark Burnett-created endurance competition format Eco-Challenge 2019, to be executive produced by Burnett and hosted by survivalist and adventurer Bear Grylls.
As previously announced, the 10-episode series sees teams of four competitors from around the world in a multi-day, 24-hours per day race, taking place over 350 miles, all while braving nature’s harshest elements.
One catch is that if a single player quits, their entire team is disqualified.
Eco-Challenge was first created by Burnett in 1992 and ran for 10 editions from 1995 to 2003 across Discovery and USA Network. It had been announced earlier this summer that Burnett and Grylls were teaming up to bring the format back to life, but the series had yet to land on a network or digital platform.
In past Eco-Challenge productions, disciplines have included whitewater rafting, canoeing, mountaineering, horseback riding, scuba diving and mountain biking across such exotic locales as South Eastern Utah, Australia, Morocco, Patagonia, Borneo, Canada, New Zealand and Fiji.
Eco-Challenge 2019 will premiere exclusively on Amazon Prime Video in more than 200 countries and territories. The location of the race and the disciplines included will be unveiled later this year. Race course design experts Scott Flavelle and Kevin Hodder are returning after working on previous Eco-Challenge outings.
The series is produced by MGM Television for Amazon, with Burnett and Lisa Hennessy executive producing. Bear Grylls (pictured) and Delbert Shoopman are also EPs, for Bear Grylls Ventures.
“Mark Burnett and Bear Grylls are a dream pairing when it comes to the world of ultimate survival,” said Jennifer Salke, head of Amazon Studios, in a statement. “The stakes and the emotions will run high for the teams on Eco-Challenge 2019.”
“Eco-Challenge is the ultimate survival-adventure race, against the elements, against the clock, and against some of the greatest extreme athletes the world has ever seen,” added Grylls.