Since the creation of the iPhone and other early smartphones individuals from all walks of life have adapted these devices into their daily lives on an increasingly intimate level. Some are dependent upon the utility it provides in a multitude of ways, others to communicate with family long distances away; many people simply enjoy the entertainment it provides on top of having the functionality of the phone. Apple and Google’s application stores for these devices house millions of individual apps that have a wide variety of uses, many of them games that can be played by children or their parents. Some of those games garner a lot more attention than others and end up going viral with users competing to rack up the highest score around the globe, and one of them was seemingly so successful it is now being reimagined as a reality competition series: the popular iPhone game released in 2011 Temple Run is set to be turned into a live-action television show.
Temple Run was an Indian Jones-esque game where the player is forced to run for their life as a giant boulder chases them down, swiping left and right on their screen to dodge obstacles along the way. At this point it has been downloaded billions of times on smartphones and other devices around the world and has even received an award nomination at the Shorty Awards, an award show “honoring the best of social media.” Now fans of the game will get the opportunity to play Temple Run in real time in a new series where contestants must run the distance and do so while dodging obstacles similar to those you would see in the game. For those similar with the show the idea probably sounds similar to the popular series American Ninja Warrior, but that would probably make sense given that the same group that produces that series, A. Smith & Co., is producing the upcoming Temple Run live-action show.
The production group seemingly picked the best possible time to bring this idea to life with Temple Run celebrating its ten year anniversary this upcoming August. A. Smith & Co Chairman Arthur Smith certainly seems excited at the prospect, noting in a press release that the company has “big plans to bring the global phenomenon to life.” The billions of people around the planet who have played the game are sure to be intrigued at the idea of one of their favorite apps being turned into a game show. They can stay tuned for further updates about the upcoming project.