The creator of classic darts-based game show Bullseye is in talks to produce an American version, featuring a jackpot of a cool $1 million.
Andrew Wood, who owns the rights to the show, has apparently impressed the Los Angeles-based Gurin Company – makers of the US version of the Weakest Link – with his plans to take it stateside.
“In the original format, the players could gamble for a mystery star prize if they scored 101 or more, but they could also lose it all,” said Wood. “This version would have another option: Bully’s Million Dollar Jackpot.”
Contestants would have to score 401 or more with nine darts to qualify for the prize, a tough ask even for a professional – but the new format would mean they wouldn’t go home empty-handed either.
“It’s a fresh take on the show,” added Wood. “And if they don’t win the big money, they will still walk away with a cash prize so there will be no ‘here’s what you could have won’ moment.”
The show is yet to get the green light but Wood is positive about its chances: “Phil Gurin and I met in London and he loved the show,” he said.
The fact that The American Darts Association has also endorsed the idea could be good news, too – the US is home to more than 18 million darts players.
Hosted by Jim “super, smashing, great” Bowen, Bullseye ran on ITV between 1981 and 1995, pulling in audiences of up to 19 million and making a household name of mascot Bully the bull.
In 2005, a Channel 4 poll named it The Ultimate Game Show.
Revived in 2006 by game show channel Challenge, Bullseye was this time hosted by comedian Dave Spikey but ran for just two series.