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?