Matt Damon and Ben Affleck’s reality series about an intense version of cross-country Where’s Waldo is heading to Verizon Wireless’ go90, the mobile-only streaming service from Verizon Wireless.
Currently titled The Runner, Deadline is reporting that the series is the service’s first-ever reality competition programming. The competition will follow one individual’s 30-day journey across the United States as they are followed by a team of cameras. It’s more than the simple Around the World In 80 Days-esque competition, though. The contestant must go unnoticed their entire trip while their journey is broadcasted on national television. To add to the tension, they’ll be followed by a team of “chasers” let loose to find the contestant and to win a cash prize.
This marks the third pair of studio hands the project has rested in. After ABC pulled the concept shortly after 9/11, Yahoo bought it in 2006 where it rested in development hell until landing in go90’s hands, a decade and a half after the Hollywood creative duo first pitched it.
Affleck and Damon will executive produce under Project Greenlight. Adaptive Studios’ Marc Joubert and Perrin Chiles, and Pilgrim Media Group’s Craig Piligian will also serve as executive producers.