After 18 years, the MTV reality show may be back in Seattle.
The “Real World” may be returning to Seattle. The reality show, which began in 1992, filmed its seventh season here in 1998. That season was considered by many viewers to be one of the most memorable (it was, after all, the season when Stephen slapped the Lyme-disease suffering Irene after she outed him as gay).
But the latest sign hints that this season may film — where else? — on Capitol Hill. (Insert brogrammer joke here).
RW Productions, a production company that works with Bunim/Murray, the company that originated the “Real World” series, has been granted a permit by the Seattle Department of Planning and Development to overhaul the The Ballou Wright building on 1517 12th Avenue.
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The permit states: “Change of use from warehouse/retail to movie studio (custom and craft); construct alterations and temporarily occupy as residential for 18 months (TCO). Occupancy and Use to revert back to warehouse/retail at end of term of this permit.”
The “financially responsible party?” RW Productions.
According to the Vevmo thread, shooting is supposed to start in June.
A representative of the Office of Film and Music for the city said, “We do not confirm the name of productions in Seattle until after they wrap.” We reached out to Bunim/Murray for comment.