Fox Might Reboot The Greatest American Hero

By sadiegennis

Aug 31, 2014

Believe it or not... Fox has given a put pilot commitment to The Greatest American Hero, a remake of the cult classic '80s series created by legendary producer Stephen J. Cannell, Deadline reports.

21 Jump Street directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller will serve as executive producers alongside Cannell's daughter, Tawnia McKiernan, and the pilot's writer, Rodney Rothman.

The Greatest American Hero ran for three seasons on ABC, from 1981 to 1983, and followed the adventures of a public school teacher named Ralph after aliens gifted him a red suit that endowed him with superpowers—including X-ray vision, the ability to fly, and more. Naturally, Ralph immediately lost the suit's instruction manual, so figuring out how to use it was always an experiment in trial and error. 

Fox's updated take on the series would be an hour-long dramedy with an almost identical premise: An inner-city teacher named Isaac discovers a superhero suit that gives him superhuman powers, and after losing the instructions, he's forced to master its abilities through trial and error. But he also has to deal with a government handler whom he rarely agrees with, and he struggles to deal with the moral obligations of possessing the magical getup.

Would you watch a new Greatest American Hero?

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  • Thanatos360 Dec 13, 2015

    Is there any updated information on this?

  • zsandmann Sep 03, 2014

    Yes please! I watched the entire run of this show on Sci-Fi Channel back in the day and have always wished there was more.

  • mrjimmyjames Sep 03, 2014

    Will they bring back the theme song?

  • numberonecubsfa Sep 02, 2014

    I only know this is a thing from Robot Chicken parodying it

  • DTHalliday1980 Sep 01, 2014

    Absolutely I'd watch this. GREATEST AMEICAN HERO was a strong premise and clever show in the 80's, but in the hands of Phil Lord and Chris Miller it has great potential!

  • WavSlave Sep 01, 2014

    I bet William Katt still looks pretty young today. His family seems to have really good genes. Both he and his mother -- Barbara Hale, Perry Mason's beloved Della Street -- always looked far younger than their actual ages. Yeah, I know he's not up for the part, I was just always amazed at their youthful appearance and finally had an opportunity to mention it.

  • indenim Sep 01, 2014

    If it is true, and FOX has ordered a put pilot, it is almost guaranteed to air. [From Wikipedia] "A put pilot is a pilot that the network has agreed to air. If the network does not air the pilot episode, the network will owe substantial monetary penalties to the studio. Generally, this guarantees that the pilot will be picked up by the network."

  • JoseGarcia23 Sep 01, 2014

    Well it could go either way, it could suck or not. It also depends on the chemistry between the actors who will play the teacher and the government handler, and of course the writing and where they want to take the show. This could be a fun series, as long as they don't make it overly dramatic.

  • ArkhamNative Sep 01, 2014

    Agreed. It could be fun if they find someone both "inner city" cool enough to attract a big audience, but meek enough to be a believable still wet behind the ears superhero.

    P.S. True story: DC actually sued against the original series because they thought it was too close to Superman. (DC lost.)

  • EsmeBuffay Sep 01, 2014

    I like the original, I'm very critical of older movies and tv shows, if they haven't aged well then I'll call them on it but I think Greatest American Hero has aged relatively well, I still enjoy it to this day. A reboot could be great, modernizing something like this, especially with the current super hero heavy atmosphere we're in seems like a potentially great idea. They have to keep that original theme song though, don't change a thing about it, and I expect at least one cameo from William Kat in the first season.

  • Marburg66 Sep 01, 2014

    I loved the show when I was a kid, but that was then & this is now.

    I think it would be better to just leave it in the past, but hey, it's just yet another reboot that will either suck or not suck

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