Monday the NEW YORK POST reported (via Rick Chandler’s Out of Bounds) that the father of teen sailor Abby Sunderland signed a contract to do a reality show, “about his family of daredevil kids weeks after she set off on her doomed and dangerous solo sail around the globe.”
(Abby Sunderland Reality Show Trailer Video Below)
Laurence Sunderland, who “opened the family’s home to film crews four months ago,” said, “The show might be about family, it might be about Abigail’s trip. It’s something that was shopped around.”
Today, after a storm of public criticism over Sunderland’s reality show revelation, Abby’s father announced that the family had pulled the plug on the project. Though he’s now claiming that the television deal was undone by creative differences with the show’s production company.
The TV deal went sour just weeks into Abby’s journey, the father said, when the producers were unable to sell his concept. Sunderland said he learned that one of Magnetic’s partners was planning to take a different angle: that Laurence and his wife, Marianne, were sending their daughter on an all but certain death trip.
“They were assuming Abigail was going to die out there,” he said in a brief interview Monday.
Interestingly, today Sunderland didn’t bring up the part about dumping the show to the Post on Monday.
The family did make an interesting point though about the media coverage of the matter - via the family’s “Team Abby” blog: Read more…