“Destination Truth” Gets Green Light

Posted by: Loren Coleman on January 12th, 2007

Malaysia Bigfoot Cast

The Hollywood Reporter is spreading the news that “Destination Truth” on the Sci Fi Channel is a go for April 2007.

After the Destination: Truth expedition of February 20, 2006, found footprints at Kampung Lukut, a new wave of ecotourism was stimulated and foreign tour groups began arriving.

Malaysia Bigfoot

The cast discussed around the world: Joshua Gates shows the media the footprint cast the “Destination Truth” team discovered in February 2006.

Malaysia Bigfoot Cast

Reporter Kimberly Nordyke writes:

The six-episode weekly reality show features Josh Gates, described as a world adventurer and “eager truth-seeker,” visiting a different destination every week with his small crew of production buddies. Each destination is said to be home to supernatural, mysterious stories — such as the Fire Worm of Mongolia and the Chilean Chupacabra — that Gates will set out to either prove or debunk by talking to witnesses and experts and immersing himself in the local culture.

Malaysia Bigfoot

The hourlong series is executive produced by Neil and Michael Mandt for their Mandt Bros. Prods., whose credits include ESPN’s “Beg, Borrow & Deal” and “Jim Rome Is Burning,” Pax’s “Speed Dating” and E! Entertainment Television’s “My Crazy Life.” The Mandt brothers were repped by Rebel Entertainment Partners and attorney Todd Stern in the “Truth” deal.

Malaysia Bigfoot Cast

“Truth” is in production for a second-quarter premiere. Sci Fi had originally said that the show was in development as part of an overall slate unveiled in April.


This image taken during the February trek shows Sis on the left, Illa on the right, as well as others. The man shown in the orange shirt is the security guard hired by the Mandt Bros production. The individual in the hat is Tony Burke, an Aussie tracker. Photograph courtesy of Jan McGirk, and it may be clicked to enlarge.


Another photograph of Illa courtesy of Jan McGirk, which also may be clicked to enlarge. She is wearing the same tee-shirt all three of the Seekers’ women have on in several Johor Bigfoot cast photos.

Loren Coleman About Loren Coleman
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading living cryptozoologist. Certainly, he is acknowledged as the current living American researcher and writer who has most popularized cryptozoology in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Starting his fieldwork and investigations in 1960, after traveling and trekking extensively in pursuit of cryptozoological mysteries, Coleman began writing to share his experiences in 1969. An honorary member of Ivan T. Sanderson’s Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained in the 1970s, Coleman has been bestowed with similar honorary memberships of the North Idaho College Cryptozoology Club in 1983, and in subsequent years, that of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, CryptoSafari International, and other international organizations. He was also a Life Member and Benefactor of the International Society of Cryptozoology (now-defunct). Loren Coleman’s daily blog, as a member of the Cryptomundo Team, served as an ongoing avenue of communication for the ever-growing body of cryptozoo news from 2005 through 2013. He returned as an infrequent contributor beginning Halloween week of 2015. Coleman is the founder in 2003, and current director of the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine.

7 Responses to ““Destination Truth” Gets Green Light”

  1. bill green responds:

    hey loren wow this definitely a very interesting new update about the johor hominids. I’m looking forward on seeing the documentary. thanks bill

  2. Raptorial responds:

    I heard them say a Mongolian “Fire Worm” in that. Do they mean the Olghoi Khorkhoi?

  3. Loren Coleman responds:

    Yes, it seems rather certain that some reporter or marketing person didn’t like the sound of “Death Worm,” so it got changed to “Fire Worm.”

    I have not seen cryptozoologists being shy about using the phrase “Death Worm.” Therefore, I would say it was unrelated to any input from Joshua Gates or Neil Mandt, whom I have seen as being more aware of cryptozoology that most hosts and producers.

  4. kittenz responds:

    I just hope that the show is well-done, thorough, and balanced.

  5. mark z responds:

    please, let them find the creature and end forever this doubtful madness, God!

    too many coincidental woodland wild-men on every continent provoking the skeptical scientific mind. They’re at home right now going over some insignificant piece of zoological history that’s been broken down a hundred times by every grad students thesis in the same century. wondering deep down, is it real? could it be? real? oh well, let someone else do all the work, I hate self sacrifice. besides my grants don’t cover it any way.

  6. jjames1 responds:

    Mark z said: “please, let them find the creature and end forever this doubtful madness, God!”

    Clearly, they didn’t find it. If they had found anything of note, we would have already heard about it.

  7. NCRYPTID responds:

    Can someone point me to the earliest discussions on the above cast? I did try the search function but was unsuccessful in finding what I was looking for.

    Thanks in advance.

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