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Lionsgate TV to Create Mars Colony Reality Show [Updated]

There are few things we enjoy more in the description of a reality show than the words "eccentric Dutch billionaire entrepreneur," which is the wonderful phrase Deadline used to refer to Mars One founder Bas Lansdorp. Mars One has just teamed up with Lionsgate TV to chronicle the organization's plan to train and send astronauts on a one-way journey to colonize Mars by 2024. While the series has yet to be given a title, we're pretty sure for the first few seasons at least it will just be referred to as "that reality show were all those poor people died on the way to Mars."

Update: Lansdorp has denied the Deadline report, telling Vulture, "Mars One is not aware of a deal with Lionsgate, so we are quite surprised to read about it."

Update #2: This morning, Lansdorp sent the following clarification: "Mars One has negotiated with Lionsgate and we are eagerly awaiting the contract. Mars One will make a more detailed announcement when a contract is signed."

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