Back in November, Channel Ten announced the return of Australian Survivor. Sources have now revealed to news.com.au that the new series will film in Pulau Tiga, a remote island off the coast of Malaysia.
The island is located off the western coast of Sabah in Kimanis Bay and is frequently referred to as “Survivor Island”, as it was the same location used for the inaugural season of the American version in 2000.
Pre-production has already begun on the new series, which is set to commence filming sometime in March. Several senior production personnel has been hired to work on the program, including Trent Pattison, the challenge expert, who has previously worked on the US series of Survivor as well as I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!. It is believed other former members of the US crew will also be working on the Australian series.
Channel Ten’s chief programming officer, Beverly McGarvery, said that choosing a location previously used by another series was intentional.
“We’ll end up collecting an island location — most likely a location that has had a series of Survivor shot there before,” she said. “Just because bringing that expertise to the table is really critical.”
Channel Ten have yet to confirm the location.
Australian Survivor had previously aired on Channel Nine in 2002 but was subsequently cancelled after just one season due to poor ratings. The Seven Network then revived the format in 2006 for a celebrity edition which also performed badly. This is the first attempt at bringing the series back to Australia since then.