Reboots and remakes have been the name of the game in TV recently, but no project has engendered more of a feeling of “Please God let it be good” as the upcoming Legends of the Hidden Temple movie. The game show, which ran on Nickelodeon, has been a staple of mid-1990s nostalgia, with the temple guards still haunting some of our dreams (as well as our confusion about why it was so difficult to put together those three pieces of the Shrine of the Silver Monkey).
Back in March, we first learned of Nickelodeon’s plans to bring the game show back … but as a TV movie. Host Kirk Fogg would be returning as a “key figure”, potentially helping the movie’s cast of siblings — played by Isabela Moner, Colin Critchley and Jet Jurgensmeyer — navigate the temple (unless he’s being set up for a heel turn, which might actually be amazing).
At the time, though, the voice of the iconic Olmec (the giant talking rock statue) Dee Bradley Baker was not included in the project. Our own Dave Trumbore reached out to Baker on Twitter, and he replied:
— Dee Bradley Baker (@deebradleybaker) March 23, 2016
That tweet has since been deleted, and Baker is obviously back in the fold. Whatever drama happened behind the scenes, it’s clearly been sorted out (much like the Gilmore Girls revival drama where Melissa McCarthy initially wasn’t included — for shame!) According to a press release, Baker said of the upcoming movie,
“An entire generation grew up loving Legends of the Hidden Temple. It was my first television series, and it remains one of the most popular projects I’ve ever been lucky enough to have been involved with throughout my career. I’m thrilled that Kirk Fogg and I can once again man the temple as Nickelodeon brings it back in a fresh new way. This rock is once again ready to roll!”
The Legends of the Hidden Temple TV movie is slated to debut on Nickelodeon in fall 2016. Check out the official synopsis and the newly released posters below:
The Legends of the Hidden Temple TV movie follows three siblings who break away from a lackluster tour in a jungle, finding themselves immersed in a high-stakes adventure comprised of obstacles that they must complete in order to escape alive. The TV movie will feature many elements from the original game show including: Olmec, a talking head who greets cast members Noah, Sadie and Dudley, and launches them on the adventure of a lifetime; The Steps of Knowledge, the entrance to the temple and launching pad for the mission; and appearances from a green monkey, red jaguar, and silver snakes, among others.