'Slumdog' inspires 'Who wants to be a Millionaire'
Melbourne, Mar 20: Australian TV bosses are hoping to cash in on the success of the Oscar-winning film 'Slumdog Millionaire' with a revamped version of the quiz show 'Who wants to be a Millioniare'.
The rags-to-riches tale of a Mumbai slum boy, who wins the jackpot in the Indian version of the quiz show, has won eight Oscars and raked in 150 million pounds worldwide.
Australian TV presenter Eddie McGuire is returning to host a revamped version of the show on the back of the film's success.
Unlike the traditional Millionaire, the new format to be hosted by McGuire is said to be fast-paced.
"It's the best game show in the history of television, and the hottest movie in the world," News.com.au quoted McGuire as saying.
"Millionaire is back by popular demand, with a twist.
"Never has it been more appropriate to give people a chance to win great money. Millionaire Hot Seat has a quicker format, but the famous drama remains," he added.
According to the New York Times, US ABC network is also planning to revive its Millionaire format, following the success of Danny Boyle's Slumdog Millionaire.