Nickelodeon is continuing its return to the 90s hits that cemented its name in animation by announcing two major projects - a live-action TV movie inspired by iconic game show Legends of the Hidden Temple, and a two-part animated Hey Arnold! TV movie, written and executive produced by the original series’ creator Craig Bartlett.
After being first announced in development last year, the ‘Hey Arnold’ project has finally been green-lit and are set to debut in 2017 as two hour-long movies produced by Nickelodeon Animation Studios. The movies will pick up from where the series ended, resolving unanswered questions, most notably the whereabouts of Arnold’s missing parents.
“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, President, 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.”
The Legends of the Hidden Temple TV movie will star Isabela Moner and is being directed by Joe Menendez (From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series) and written by Jonny Umansky & Zach Hyatt, and Alex Reid. Elements of the original game show —, The Steps of Knowledge, the temple entrance and launching pad, the talking head Olmec, and the green monkey, red jaguar and silver snakes — will be incorporated into the story of three siblings on a life-or-death mission.