The Greatest American Hero Reboot in the Works

Monday, 02 November 2015 - 8:12PM
Monday, 02 November 2015 - 8:12PM
The Greatest American Hero Reboot in the Works
Believe it or not, another decades-old sci-fi TV show is getting a modern reboot. The Greatest American Hero, which originally aired on ABC from 1981 to 1983, has just received a pilot commitment from Fox, Deadline reports.

The new series is being developed by The Lego Movie (and future Han Solo movie) directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, who currently serve as producers on another Fox comedy, The Last Man on Earth. Dope director Rick Famuwiya is set to write and direct the pilot, while Tawnia McKiernan, daughter of original series' creator Stephen J. Cannell, is also producing. Lord and Miller are clearly big fans of Cannell's work, as they have already rebooted another of his retro series, 21 Jump Street, into two successful films.

The Greatest American Hero tells the story of Ralph Hinkley, a special ed teacher who is given a red superhero suit by some aliens that grants him superhuman powers. However, he's not very good at using it, nor does he want to use it, which causes him to get into comedic situations in his attempts to be a hero. We assume the new series will follow more or less the same plot, and so far it's being billed as a story about what happens "when great power is not met with great responsibility." Sounds like fun to us. 

Of course, the original series is also remembered for having one of the greatest theme songs ever on television, so let's hope that makes a return as well if the new pilot gets picked up to series.

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