Disney+ to Stream Real-Life Fantasy

Next month Disney+ will launch a fantasy competition that “drops” real-life teenagers into a world of adventure where they must save a kingdom.

Here’s the media release:   


From the Award-Winning Teams Behind The Lord of the Rings, The Amazing Race, and Queer Eye, the Greatest Reality Producers and World’s Best Storytellers Team Up to Create a Thrilling Reality Competition Inside a Richly Scripted World Travel to the Fantasy World of Everealm With Eight Real Teens as They Complete a Series of Quests to Save the Land From Evil

Disney+ asked audiences at Wondercon, “Do you have what it takes to save the Kingdom?”, as they were welcomed to Everealm, the world at the centre of the unique new Original Series, The Quest, streaming May 11 only on Disney+.

For thousands of years, Everealm has been a land of unrivalled beauty and powerful magic. Now, the realm is threatened by a powerful evil Sorceress. As a last hope, the noble Fates summon eight strangers known as Paladins from a world beyond to work together to fulfil an ancient prophecy and vanquish the Sorceress. 

The Paladins must unlock the hero within through a series of challenges that push their limits to restore balance to Everealm. If they fail, all will be lost. Heroes will rise. Kingdoms will fall.

Brought to the screen by the Academy Award- and Emmy-winning teams behind The Lord of the Rings, The Amazing Race and Queer EyeThe Quest is a groundbreaking, immersive, hybrid competition series that drops eight real-life teenagers (Paladins) into the fantastic, fictional world of Everealm, where they must save a kingdom by fulfilling an ancient prophecy. 

Throughout the eight-episode series, these heroes are immersed in a fantasy world come to life, complete with a castle, royals, ethereal fates, all forms of mystical creatures and a sorceress intent on destruction and power.

The Quest combines the best elements of scripted and unscripted content to create an immersive competition series where fantasy and reality collide as the teens compete in challenges in a fully-realised world of adventure.

Each Paladin’s mind, body, and soul will be put to the test with new surprises around every corner of the unknown land, changing not only the fate of Everealm, but also their own.

“We’re doing something magical that has never been done at this level. We’re taking real people and putting them in a fully realised fantasy story, conceived and built by incredible artisans in every department,” say Jane Fleming and Mark Ordesky, executive producers, Court Five.

“It’s an immersive, real-life hero’s journey for these eight normal teenagers, who transform before your very eyes. It’s an exciting new form of storytelling.”

“What makes The Quest so unique is that it’s a true hybrid of scripted and reality,” say Elise Doganieri and Bertram van Munster, executive producers, New Media Collective.

“It’s a groundbreaking new genre where we place real teenagers in a reality competition and bring them into a fully realised fantasy world that is built on a scripted mythology of intrigue and adventure played out alongside actors for a completely immersive experience.”

“We were very focused on the aesthetic of the show, from production design through costume design, making sure that everything felt authentic,” say Michael Williams and Rob Eric, executive producers, from Scout Productions.

“We wanted both our Paladins and our audience to feel immersed in the epic world we created.”

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