What better way to capitalize on the nostalgia of 90s kids than by resurrecting a beloved Nickelodeon game show as a comic book?
Search for Legends of the Hidden Temple on Tumblr. Go ahead, I’ll wait.
Feel yourself filled with glee and the irresistible urge to giggle? You must have been a fan of Nickelodeon in the 90s. As I’ve noted before, nothing brings in that 20-30 something money faster than appealing to our misguided nostalgia, and Legends of the Hidden Temple (or ‘Hunger Games in the 90s,’ as someone savvy pointed out) is the perfect hook. But instead of merely bringing back the questionably hazardous game show for a new generation, I propose turning Olmec into the comic book character he was born to be – and maybe discovering the origins of that damned Silver Monkey.
Here’s my pitch:
Twelve young men and women, haunted by memories of being tested on the Steps of Knowledge, receive anonymous invitations and one-way plane tickets to San Lorenzo Tenochtitlan in Veracruz, Mexico. When they arrive, they’re greeted by a familiar face in a denim shirt and khaki shorts – archaeologist Kirk Fogg, who mysteriously hasn’t aged a day in the twenty years since they last saw him.
‘Game time is over,’ he tells them. ‘This is what you were trained for.’
The spirit trapped in the Olmec head needs their help defending the planet from hostile forces, Fogg explains. Forced to rely on knowledge and skills that are two decades out of date, the near-strangers once more pair off into teams and race around the world following legends they believed were merely kids’ stories. The fate of the world depends on returning stolen artifacts to Olmec at his hidden temple before they get snatched by rogue temple guards who now serve a malevolent being known only as the Silver Monkey.
The choices are theirs and theirs alone.
I may have put a little too much thought into this.