One of these days, we’re all going to have to face reality and come to grips with the fact that Quibi is a real, actual thing and not just an elaborate joke. Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman‘s mobile-only platform, which will distribute “quick bites” of entertainment in episodic chunks that don’t run longer than ten minutes each, already has the support of every major Hollywood studio, but now might have the support of ’90s kids who grew up watching Nickelodeon.
That’s right: a Legends of the Hidden Temple Quibi revival is coming, and this time, the game show is being geared toward adults. Here’s what we know.
According to The Wrap, Quibi is reviving Legends of the Hidden Temple, the beloved game show that ran from 1993 until 1995 on Nickelodeon. This new version of the show “is being revamped to appeal to adults,” but what exactly that means is still a bit murky. We know that several mainstay aspects from the original show will be popping up again this time around, including the Moat Crossing, the Temple Run, and Olmec, the talking stone head with glowing red eyes. But will the attempt to lure in adult audiences mean we’ll be seeing exclusively adult contestants in this revival? That hasn’t been confirmed, but it seems like that might be a good way to entice a generation of millennials who grew up watching the show to care about it again now that they’ve aged into their twenties and thirties.
Stone & Company is producing the revival with Nickelodeon, but the show will not be filmed at Nickelodeon Studios in Orlando, Florida like the original run of episodes. Instead, the setting is being moved to an “undisclosed jungle location” – whatever that means. Just thinking about that makes me wish for a Werner Herzog Quibi documentary chronicling the behind-the-scenes aspect of the production moving out into a real jungle somewhere. Apparently the challenges and the prizes will be bigger this time, too, which is good news for the possibly-adult participants who wouldn’t have much use for a Huffy bicycle or a Nerf gun or some Gak or whatever the hell they used to hand out to the contestants during the original run.
As Quibi readies itself for launch on April 6, Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman’s mobile short-form streaming service has just opened a casting call soliciting participants for its revival of “Legends of the Hidden Temple.” The ’90s cult-classic game show series sent players on the hunt for hidden treasures protected by mysterious Mayan temple guards, ensconced in all manner of obstacles.
From the Quibi announcement: “Once again, the gate to Olmec's Hidden Temple is about to open, and Doron Ofir Casting is thrilled to announce that for a select few contestants, the journey begins anew. We're calling for brave seekers and fearless competitors to descend the Steps of Knowledge, race through Olmec's Temple, avoid the dreaded Temple Guards, and put their knowledge and fortitude to the test in the adventure of a lifetime!”
The casting call is currently seeking teams of two, able to be in the Los Angeles area during the month of May, who will have to retrieve an ancient artifact and return it to its rightful heir in order to win big prizes, and of course the glory promised by “Legends of the Hidden Temple.”
Whether or not the casting call will stay open amid the spreading coronavirus pandemic remains to be seen, as the situation is changing like the wind every minute of every day. For now, you can apply for “Legends of the Hidden Temple” here.
Quibi, which has already lined up a raft of content, is an abbreviation of “quick bites,” as each episode of each series clocks in at under 10 minutes. After locking up approximately a gazillion deals with top talent and an unveiling at this year’s Sundance Film Festival back in January, Quibi is set to release approximately 175 series within its first year, 50 of which will be available during the official launch on April 6. The subscription will set you back $5 a month for an ad-supported service, and $8 for no ads. And if you're feeling unsure about committing the bare minimum of time to Quibi’s short-form offerings, the streaming service is extending a 90-day free trial if you sign up before April 6. Here’s a roundup of the content coming to Quibi.
At least 300,000 individuals downloaded Quibi, the entertainment industry's newest streaming service, on its Monday launch date according to data from two analytics firms.
Sensor Tower reported that more than 300,000 users downloaded the mobile-only, short form platform while App Annie estimated 700,000 users downloaded Quibi on Monday. The numbers were originally reported by Variety and the Los Angeles Times, respectively. IndieWire confirmed the data with both analytics firms.
The sharply varying numbers make it difficult to determine how much traction Quibi gained on its launch day and exemplifies the difficulty of determining how successful streaming services are. While Nielsen's ratings have long been the voice of authority for television viewership, there is no standard of measurement for the industry's numerous streaming services.
A Quibi spokesperson referred IndieWire to the Los Angeles Times report and did not release its own data on downloads.
“We are very excited about our day one performance,” Quibi said in a statement.
While it's unclear which data set is accurate, that at least 300,000 users downloaded the “quick bites” streaming service suggest that Quibi turned more than a few heads on Monday. The platform launched with dozens of original titles — Quibi offers no library content — and boasts significant star power. A wide variety of household names, from Cardi B and Chance the Rapper to Idris Elba, Will Forte, and Kaitlin Olson, star in various Quibi series, and entertainment industry heavyweights such as Steven Spielberg and Steven Soderbergh are working on upcoming projects for the platform.
While hundreds of thousands of users have downloaded the app, only time will tell if they stick around long enough to make the $1.75 billion-backed platform a success. Quibi is offering a lengthy 90-day free trial, which no doubt helped court early adopters, and a yearlong subscription is available for free to select T-Mobile customers. An ad-supported version of Quibi costs $4.99 per month, while the ad-free version runs $7.99 per month.
IndieWire praised a handful of Quibi's launch titles, including LeBron James’ documentary “I Promise” and the noire-inspired “Movie in Chapters.” That said, “Memory Hole,” one of IndieWire's top rated Quibi launch titles, became the center of controversy when an art collective claimed the show plagiarized its art and other material.