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‘Temple Run’ to become a reality competition show

By Kara Santos Published Jun 02, 2021 2:56 pm

The popular mobile game Temple Run is headed to the small screen in an unscripted live-action reality show from the same team behind American Ninja Warrior.

A. Smith & Co. Productions, the powerhouse behind top reality competition series American Ninja Warrior, The Titan Games and Mental Samurai, announced plans to create a live-action reality show based on Temple Run in partnership with game developer Imangi Studios.

Competitors will have the opportunity to run through a real-life version of the Temple Run course, complete with unexpected twists and challenging obstacles based on the popular mobile game.

Temple Run is one of the most recognizable mobile games in the world and we have big plans to bring the global phenomenon to life,” said Arthur Smith, chairman of A. Smith & Co. Productions, in a statement. 

“We will bring our keen eye and passion for unscripted content to create a competition where, just like the beloved game, speed, agility and quick decision-making are key.”

Temple Run is a 3D endless running video game developed and published by Imangi Studios originally released on the App Store in 2011. In the first-person game, the player controls an explorer who has obtained an ancient relic and is running from demonic monkey-like creatures who are chasing him. Players are tasked with racing through an ancient temple while overcoming simulated obstacles, similar to the action-packed adventures of Indiana Jones, Lara Croft and Nathan Drake.

Since its initial release, Temple Run has amassed over two billion global downloads to date.

“Our team is always looking for ways to elevate our IP into exciting new formats,” said Walter Devins, CEO of Imangi Studios. “We’ve built a passionate global community around Temple Run, and this partnership will give our fans an experience unlike ever before. A. Smith & Co. creates epic shows that inspire people to push their limits to reach greatness, and we can’t wait to see them do the same with Temple Run.”

Additional details regarding the distributor and release date for the new show have not yet been confirmed.

In related news, a reboot of a lost kid's game show with a similar theme to Temple Run is also in the works. The beloved '90s Nickolodeon game show Legends of the Hidden Temple is reportedly getting a tougher and more challenging version courtesy of the CW Network.

As reported by Deadline, the reboot will preserve many elements of the original show, which originally aired from 1993 to 1995. The program featured a fictitious temple "filled with lost treasures protected by mysterious Mayan temple guards." Contestants had to retrieve one of the historical artifacts by performing physical stunts such as rope climbing and running and answering questions based on history, mythology, and geography.

The reboot will include Olmec, the giant talking Mayan head, the Moat Crossings, The Steps of Knowledge and the Temple Run and retain team names such as Purple Parrots, Blue Barracudas, Orange Iguanas, Red Jaguars, Silver Snakes and Green Monkeys.

(Images via Imangi Studios)