In the wake of films like BATTLESHIP and THE LEGO MOVIE, it seems like nothing is immune from the Hollywood treatment. ANGRY BIRDS is hitting the big screen soon, and even crazy, “how in the world can the do this?” properties like MONOPOLY and emojis have been in development for some time. With all that in mind, and the tendency for Hollywood to mine our childhoods in hopes of hitting our nostalgia bones, it should come as no surprise that LEGENDS OF THE HIDDEN TEMPLE would be getting a movie of some sort. Sure, the series was actually just a game show with a “temple” theme over it, but a lot of its spirit could surely be captured and used in a narrative movie.
But don’t expect this film to hit the big screen. According to Variety, this one will be a TV film. Last November, it was reported that HEY ARNOLD! would also be getting the TV movie treatment, and it looks like this particular adaptation is in the same group of programs for this particular slate.
The synopsis for the movie is as follows:
“In HIDDEN TEMPLE, three siblings must conquer a series of obstacles to remain alive, mirroring the theme of the original game show. The TV movie, slated to appear in the fourth quarter of 2016, will nod to other elements from the original show, including Olmec, a talking head who knows the secrets behind the temple; the Steps of Knowledge, the entrance to the temple and launching pad for the mission; and cameos from a green monkey, red jaguar and silver snakes, among others. Isabela Moner, known from her role on Nickâ€™s 100 THINGS TO DO BEFORE HIGH SCHOOL, will star. The ARNOLD movies are slated to appear in 2017.”
As an old viewer of LEGENDS OF THE HIDDEN TEMPLE, it’s my instinct to scoff at something like this. But in all honesty, there are plenty of worse properties to get the film treatment, and with this one, it at least feels fitting to the source material. It’s not as if they have to stretch the concept so thin in order to make it into a film. In all honesty, I’m slightly disappointed this is only going to be a TV movie, and not a full on theatrical release in the vein of something like the recent GOOSEBUMPS film.
What do you think? Is making LEGENDS OF THE HIDDEN TEMPLE a good idea? Let us know in the comments down below!