The Sims Creator Will Wright Working on TV Show

By Brian Leahy, Mar 31, 2010 4:20pm PDT IGN has details on Will Wright's next project. The creator of SimCity, The Sims, and Spore will be working on a television show, currently titled "The Creation Project".

The project is described as a "TV series about the creation of a TV series," according to IGN. Citing early show planning documents, IGN reveals that the show will allow viewers to submit story ideas, which will then be voted on. The winning idea would get produced into two half-hour episodes.

"The Creation Project" is set up at Current with Will Wright and ex-Nickelodeon/Spike TV producer Albie Hecht.

There appears to be a major online/mobile device component to this series, including a "StoryMaker Engine" Wright has designed that will allow users to quickly make their own storyboards to accompany their ideas using pre-existing images or those uploaded by the users themselves.

This certainly fits in with Wright's penchant for user-generated content and storytelling as we've seen in The Sims and Spore. IGN speculates that the show could premiere this year with an online portion launching first.

The documents cited were early and everything is subject to change, according to IGN.

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  • Ok here's my story submission.

    Will Wright goes on a geeky tour of the Large Hadron Collider. While there he gets lost from the tour group and finds himself in a lab area. He trips over a soda can and winds up starting up a laser beam thingy. The laser appears to vaporize him, but really it sent him into a virtual computer world that resembles spore. He has to survive by attaching new arms and legs and other things to himself to level himself up, but he's frustrated because it doesn't matter where the arms and legs and other things actually get attached so he just winds up having them all on his head. It looks like a wig of arms and legs and other things. Maybe the boss monster is like...a DRM monster that looks like a user generated penis.