Sylvester Stallone’s ‘Ultimate Beastmaster’ Netflix Series Sounds Crazy Enough To Work

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05.09.16 9 Comments
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“Sylvester Stallone, you were just nominated for an Academy Award for the first time since 1977 and won a Golden Globe for your work in Creed, in which you received career-best reviews. What are you going to do next?”

“Well, y’know, I’m gonna Beastmaster, or something.”

Netflix announced today a new show that might just be crazy enough work. Ultimate Beastmaster — which has nothing to do with the Marc Singer-starring The Beastmaster, or its sequel, Beastmaster 2: Through the Portal of Time — is the “first-ever global on-demand competition series” that pits country against country, beasts against beasts, Terry Crews against Anderson Silva.

According to a press release:

The 10-episode event series will feature 108 competitors, 18 from each country [United States, Brazil, South Korea, Mexico, Germany, and Japan], in total. Each hour-long episode will feature 12 competitors, two from each country, who will take their shot at running one of the most physically demanding obstacle courses ever devised, “The Beast.” At the end of each episode, a ‘Beastmaster’ will be crowned and in the final episode of the season, the nine individual winners from each episode will compete against each other for the chance for one contestant to become the Ultimate Beastmaster.

Every country will have its own pair of hosts. In the U.S., it’s Brooklyn Nine-Nine‘s Crews and Charissa Thompson; in Brazil, Silva and Rafinha Bastos; and so on. Stallone will produce, and presumably step into the “grueling” obstacle course in the finale to show everyone how it’s done (it will end as well for him as it did on Oscar night). Frank’s already working on a theme song.

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