Kirk Fogg is digging his denim shirt out of his closet. Fogg, who hosted Nickelodeon’s ultra-popular game show Legends of the Hidden Temple from 1993 to 1995, will be part of the iconic show’s upcoming TV movie reboot. According to TV Line, Kirk didn’t divulge the name of the character he will be playing in the action-adventure flick, but he did tease that the high-profile role will pay homage to his past life as host of the kids’ game show.
“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. 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.”
If Kirk Fogg’s statement makes no sense to you, then you probably aren’t familiar with the original game show’s premise and its cast of characters. The original series featured tween contestants who completed in both mental and physical challenges to recover artifacts from a Mayan temple. The show produced 120 original episodes from 1993 to 1995 and aired in reruns for several years afterwards.
Kirk Fogg told Buzzfeed that it was a “fluke” that he landed the hosting gig on the now-iconic game show.
“Back in the day, they used to have this Screen Actors Guild directory and they were looking at pictures. They picked me out and they called me over. I went in with co-executive producer Steven Brown and he literally just had a camera on and said, ‘Can you read this play-by-play?’ It was the run through the temple and I had no idea what he was talking about, but my brother and I used to do that all the time; we would make up football games and we used to do our own play-by-play. So I just pulled a little bit of that out and he was like, ‘Oh, you know how to do that!’ I’m like, ‘Yeah!'”
The new, scripted version of Hidden Temple will follow three siblings who must conquer a series of obstacles in a “high-stakes, life-or-death mission.” The movie version of the series will feature many throwback elements from the original game show, including the talking Olmec Head and the Steps of Knowledge, which was a quiz round on the original show. Kirk Fogg was even filmed as he saw the 2016 movie’s still-under-construction Steps of Knowledge for the first time.
According to Variety, in addition to Kirk Fogg, the live-action TV movie will feature Nickelodeon star Isabela Moner (100 Things to Do Before High School), as well as Colin Critchley and Jet Jurgensmeyer. While fans will be happy to see Kirk Fogg back on TV, the 56-year-old Legends of the Hidden Temple host has been keeping busy for the past 20 years since the original game show series wrapped. Kirk has appeared in over 300 commercials and is a seasoned filmmaker. Fogg wrote, produced, directed and starred in the 2006 crime drama Distortion. Kirk also appeared in the 2004 pilot for the TV series Veronica Mars.
Kirk Fogg’s Legends of the Hidden Temple won’t be the only ’90s Nickelodeon hit to get a movie revival over the course of the next year. The popular kids’ network is opening up its ’90s archives to create a two-part animated Hey Arnold! TV movie. The TV movie will debut in 2017 and will pick up where the original series left off. Hey Arnold! aired from 1996 to 2004.
You can see Kirk Fogg on the Legends of the Hidden Temple movie this fall on Nickelodeon. For now, check out the video below to take a serious walk down memory lane.
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