Deadline TV's Nellie Andreeva got the exclusive skinny on the project, which finds the filmmaker joining forces with Magical Elves (the reality TV producers, not the guys who make Keebler cookies ... ) to create a program "combining unique twists, death-defying challenges, and stunning visuals." No word yet on whether or not anything will explode. Bay also added "we are reinventing the genre, showing just how far people will go when they are stripped of their bare necessities and forced to do whatever it takes to survive."
No Way Out will reportedly play like an extreme version of Survivor crossed with The Mole and The Amazing Race. So far I'm not sure how this is really "reinventing the genre." Ordinary people will compete against each other, undoubtedly for some sort of fantastic prize. The basic premise sounds a bit complicated. Each player will have a secret past that they must hide from their fellow contestants, while being whisked away to new environments each week, where they'll presumably have to do difficult/unpleasant things. Like all good reality TV, the show is promising "a climactic showdown where all secrets are exposed and a shocking development revealed." All this show needs now is weekly weigh-ins like The Biggest Loser and it's got all the bases covered.
With all of that in mind, I ask you this: If there was ever going to be a real life show like The Running Man, couldn't you see Bay being the guy who made it happen?