That was me at my desk when my co-worker sent me the news.
Legends of the Hidden Temple, the much-beloved kids game show that aired throughout the ’90s on Nickelodeon, is being revived as a live-action TV movie — and I, for one, could not be more excited.
For those of you who may not be familiar, LOTHT was an action-adventure game show where kids would compete on a set made to resemble a Mayan temple. They would perform physical stunts and answer questions based on geography, mythology, and history. (Think Indiana Jones with kids and trivia — on a real tight budget.)
So how do the filmmakers plan to make this into a movie? According to Variety, “Three siblings must conquer a series of obstacles to remain alive.” Olmec, the Steps of Knowledge, a green monkey, red jaguar, silver snakes and “more” will all be incorporated. (Though no word yet if the former host, Hottie McHotster Kirk Fogg, will be making a cameo.)
As if that weren’t enough, Hey Arnold! is also coming back as a two-part TV movie version of the original cartoon. The story will pick up where the show left off and answer some questions that have burned in the hearts of children since it went off the air in 2004 (mainly, where the heck are Arnold’s missing parents?!).
Russell Hicks, president of content development and production at Nickelodeon Group, explained to Variety the reasoning behind these surprising revivals: “Kids who grew up on these characters are now of the age that they are having kids and families themselves. Our library has come to fruition and it’s time for it to start coming back to life.”
The Legends of the Hidden Temple TV movie is slated to premiere later this year, while Hey Arnold! will debut in 2017.More On