Nick Gives Go-Ahead to ’90s-Inspired TV Movie


BURBANK: Nickelodeon has greenlit the TV movie Legends of the Hidden Temple, based on the network’s hit show from the 1990s.

The live-action TV movie Legends of the Hidden Temple is inspired by the game show of the same name in which contestants competed to retrieve artifacts from a mysterious Mayan temple. The action-adventure TV movie will star Isabela Moner (100 Things to Do Before High School) and follows three siblings on a life-or-death mission. Production will begin this month.

Legends of the Hidden Temple will feature elements from the original game show, including Olmec, a talking head who knows the secrets behind the temple, and The Steps of Knowledge, which is the entrance to the temple and the launching pad for the mission. The TV movie is executive produced by Scott McAboy and Jessica Rhoades, and produced by Amy Sydorick. It is directed by Joe Menendez (From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series) and written by Jonny Umansky, Zach Hyatt and Alex Reid.

Meanwhile, the two-part animated Hey Arnold! TV movie, first revealed to be in development late last year, has officially received the green light. It is written and executive produced by Craig Bartlett, the creator of the series, and picks up where the original show left off. The TV movie is produced by Nickelodeon Animation Studios and is slated for a 2017 debut.

“The greenlights for the Legends of the Hidden Temple and Hey Arnold! TV movies are terrific examples of how we are bringing our beloved content back to life both for new audiences and the generation that grew up on them,” said Cyma Zarghami, the president of Viacom Kids and Family Group. “These TV movies will keep the spirit and essential themes of the original source materials intact, while branching out in new ways that will speak to and captivate today’s kids.”