Legends of the Hidden Temple ran on Nickelodeon from 1993-1995, and continues to possess a huge cult following. Back then, kids and kids-at-heart alike anxiously watched contestants fight their way through the temple, guided by Olmec (voiced by Dee Bradley Baker) and host Kirk Fogg.
In November, the Temple will reopen with a new TV movie surrounding the iconic ’90s game show. Films have been adapted from various mediums, but a game show adaptation hasn't really been done before — and yet, as Fogg and Baker explained to MTV News, this particular game show is actually perfect for a movie. [Note: Nickelodeon and MTV News are both owned by Viacom.]
“Well, it’s funny because back in the day, people would be obsessed with Gilligan’s Island or something like that ... but this was a show where I felt like everybody really felt like they had a shot at doing it,” Fogg stated. Fans always tell him how they “could’ve” been successful on the show, which immediately separates Legends from the likes of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire; not everyone knows what nephelococcygia is, but anyone can dash through a maze.
Fogg noted that the game combined brains and brawn — unlike Nickelodeon’s Guts — which gave contestants a better chance of succeeding. Plus, kids were immediately drawn to one of the six teams, such as the Orange Iguanas. On Nick Arcade, you were simply on the Yellow Team or the Red Team, neither of which people regularly dress up as for Halloween. However, you will see Silver Snakes or Green Monkeys wandering around a Comic Con every year.
Furthermore, Baker pointed out how the game show itself had its own linear story line. Each episode focused on a different legend, offering background during the Steps of Knowledge challenge, and continuing the story during the Temple Games and the Temple Run itself. It was all connected and worked cohesively.
“I don’t think any game shows that I can think of [act] like you’re actually in another world that you have to move through,” Baker said, “and that’s part of why I think it translates so nicely to this movie.” The basic plot was part of the game show’s canon, so transforming it into a film wasn’t a huge leap. One medium flowed nicely into another, and we seriously can’t wait to see how it all comes together.
Legends of the Hidden Temple premieres on Nickelodeon November 26 at 8 p.m. (ET/PT).