Amazon Prime Video American Gladiators Reboot Pickup

The gladiators are set to return to the arena … this time for Prime Video.

The Amazon-owned streaming service says that it has picked up a reboot of the classic competition series American Gladiators, with a nationwide search now underway for contestants to take on the professional gladiators in the custom-built arena.

The arena will include brand new challenges, as well as some classics from the original series like “Gauntlet,” “Hang Tough,” and “The Eliminator.”

The new series will be produced by Amazon MGM Studios and MGM Alternative.

News that a revival of the competition series was imminent became clear in April, when Range Sports signed Gladiators creator Johnny Ferraro with plans to develop the IP “across TV, film, attractions, merchandise and live events.”

The original series, which ran in syndication from 1989-96, saw contestants face off against elite “gladiators” in made-for-TV competitions. It was revived in 2008 as a primetime show for NBC, and earlier this year it was rebooted by the BBC, earning a quick second series pickup.

Gladiators is an enduring, physical challenge format that continues to engage families around the world,” said Lauren Anderson, head of brand and content innovation for Amazon MGM Studios. “We look forward to delighting our global Prime Video customers with both reimagined and nostalgic elements that celebrate the best of the original series.”

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