If you were a ’90s kid, chances are you were obsessed with the Nickelodeon competition program Legends of the Hidden Temple. Hosted by Kirk Fogg, the program had six teams of two kids (one boy, one girl) competing to retrieve historical artifacts from an ancient temple. Tasks involved physical stunts and trivia, testing the knowledge and prowess of the team members—who were categorized into colors, with fun animal names like “Purple Parrots” and “Blue Barracudas.” The whole game was watched over by a large stone face with glowing red eyes named Olmec (voiced by Dee Bradley Baker).
The upcoming streaming service—set to launch in April 2020—already has a fun roster of shows on the slate. But rebooting Legends of the Hidden Temple has us even more excited to check it out. According to a press release from Quibi, “this new, supersized, reimagined version will preserve many of the favorite original elements of the show—the Moat Crossing, Olmec and the Temple Run—but will see them ‘grown up’ for an audience that’s grown up along with them.” And unlike the original, which was set in a studio, this version will take place in an actual jungle, with harder challenges and even larger prizes.
The original run of Legends of the Hidden Temple aired from 1993 to 1995, so the new competitors will be Millennials who watched the show as kids. That’s a pretty interesting twist, and one that has us interested enough to tune in. It’s also not the only nostalgic series getting a Quibi reboot: MTV shows Punk’d and Singled Out will also see new iterations on the streaming service.
Legends of the Hidden Temple is produced by Nickelodeon and Stone & Company Entertainment. One of the show’s original creators, Scott A. Stone, is producing. “Bringing back Legends for Quibi is a dream come true,” Stone said in the press release. “I have been so lucky to be part of this defining millennial show, and now there is a defining millennial platform to go with it. I couldn’t be more excited.”
This isn’t the first time Legends of the Hidden Temple got a reboot treatment. Back in 2016, Nickelodeon aired a TV film based on the series. It starred Kirk Fogg as a fictionalized version of himself, and brought back Dee Bradley Baker as the voice of Olmec (with Michael Benyaer as Olmec’s human form). It also featured elements from the show, like the Steps of Knowledge, and featured cameos from animals who lend their names to the competition teams.
There’s no formal release date for this new, adult-sized version of Legends of the Hidden Temple just yet, but we’ll bring you updates as they become available. Quibi is set to launch on April 6, 2020, so we imagine it’ll debut sometime around then. We’re excited to see this beloved series continue to live on.