Everyone’s favorite denim wearing game show host will be returning for Nickelodeon’s movie reboot of “Legends of the Hidden Temple,” and he apparently could not be more excited.
“When Nickelodeon asked me to be a part of the Legends of the Hidden Temple movie, I immediately went to the closet and pulled out my blue denim shirt, which has been protected by a powerful golden force field since 1995,” Fogg says in a release. “‘Legends’ is truly a legend, and I’m honored to be a part of it again. I’m sure the Ancient Olmec had something to do with this; that rock head is pretty sneaky.”
It’s still unclear what role he’ll play in the film, especially since the movie will not be a straight translation of the game show format.
The premise of the film centers around three siblings who break off from a tour group inside an ancient temple and find themselves tasked with completing challenges to escape the adventure alive. Perhaps Fogg will be playing their lackluster tour guide?
While it’s definitely exciting to hear the news that the film plans to honor old elements of the show — like Fogg and his denim blue shirt — there are definitely other elements that should be incorporated too. Zap2it has pulled together a few aspects of the old ’90s game show that we’d be absolutely heartbroken to see missing from the movie.
The team names
Was there ever a cooler team name than the Blue Barracudas or the Red Jaguars? Since there are three siblings — and thus little chance of the characters breaking into teams — this one might be hard to sneak in there.
The steps of knowledge
One of the best parts of the original game show was that it was educational as well as entertaining. Most of the show centered around kids facing various physical challenges, but the steps were a straight up question and answer section to test the kids’ historical knowledge. Which was always embarrassingly limited.
The log roll
It really says something about the strange fascination of children that one of the most entertaining parts of the show was the challenge that forced kids to hold on for dear life as they were spun around and around on simple wooden log. There are a million easy ways to make the three kids in the film play this game, so we’ll be extra disappointed if it doesn’t make it in.
Pendants of life
This one is a gimme, since it practically writes the plot of the movie itself. Sending the siblings on a mission to collect pieces of a magical pendant would be a pretty great way to incorporate an old element of the show into the reboot. Let’s just hope they lose the slightly racist temple guards that would take the pendants as bribes to leave you alone.
The mouth guards
Safety first right? We’re not sure how the film could ever explain away the kids bringing mouth guards on their adventure with them, but it just wouldn’t feel like “Legends of the Hidden Temple” if no one was wearing helmets, knee pads, and other unnecessary protective gear.
The shrine of the silver monkey
Nothing was more frustrating than watching a contestant fail to put together the easiest three-piece puzzle of all time. We’re pretty sure the sentence “Why are you putting the head on the bottom, you idiot?!” was screamed at more than one TV. Since this was always part of the final challenge of the Temple Run, it might make a good final challenge to get the siblings out of the temple.
How can you have a “Legends of the Hidden Temple” reboot without including a giant, talking stone head? Olmec always had a slightly creepy (not to mention judgmental) feel about him, so he could make a good villain for the kids to overcome at the end of the movie.