The service teased fans on its official Twitter feed with a GIF of Olmec, the talking Mayan temple God, who helped the show’s contestants navigate the game with clues and questions.
“Legends of the Hidden Temple” aired on the children’s cable network from 1993-1995 (and thereafter in reruns), achieving cult status among many ’90s kids who dreamed of tackling the jungle-centric obstacle course themselves — and who yelped every time a temple guard jumped out at a kid contestant during the final challenge.
The new version will have adults competing in a real jungle setting with tougher challenges and larger prizes. It’s meant to be an “scaled up” experience from the original and is being produced by Nickelodeon and Stone & Company Entertainment, who were also behind the first series.
After the announcement, lots of Twitter followers wanted to know how they could become a contestant. Like right now!
See this guy, for example. Twitter user @Jason_Burnham expressed a little bit of excitement about the show:
HOLY CRAP. PLEASE LET ME BE A PURPLE PARROT. ITS ALL I’ve EVER WANTED IN LIFE. ILL BRING MY OWN SHIRT😁😁😁😁😁😁😁😁😁😁😁😁😁😁😁😁😁😁😍😍😍😍
— jb (@Jason_Burnham) December 16, 2019
Want a reminder of what the show was like? Here’s a look at one of the challenges, as posted to YouTube by user @The Perihelion 0-(^_^0).
Quibi has started to tease its lineup of short, binge-able, original programming, which will feature episodes that last 7-10 minutes. Along with a reboot of “Legends of the Hidden Temple,” the streaming platform will have a travel show with Joe Jonas, a cooking show with Andy Samberg and Chrissy Teigen in a Judge Judy role. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson (as mentioned in the above tweet) and a plethora of other celebs from Zac Efron to Sophie Turner will also star in its offerings. Remakes of MTV’s “Singled Out” and “Punk’d” are also promised.
Quibi is backed by ex-Disney/DreamWorks head Jeffrey Katzenberg and seems to be on a roll. So chances are good that you’ll be seeing some grown-up children of the ’90s falling into a moat and trying to navigate the hidden temple next spring!
Will you be checking out the new “Legends” and its new streaming service?