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Believe it or not…but Fox has given a pilot production commitment for the Greatest American Hero remake – again. Last summer Fox gave a put pilot commitment, but it appears it didn’t take off, much like the main character (sorry…), so they are trying again, this time with Dope‘s Rick Famuyiwa writing and directing. Phil Lord, Chris Miller and Tawnia McKiernan are still executive producing along with Seth Cohen, for 20th Century Fox TV.
The original show followed a teacher (William Katt) who stumbles upon an suit of alien origin that gives the wearer super powers, but he soon loses the instruction manual and struggles to be a superhero while also teaching, and working with his federal agent handler (Robert Culp). A casting director has been hired to find a new lead for the series.
Remakes are still the buzzword in Hollywood…Deadline reports that Fox wants a series remake of the 1981 ABC series The Greatest American Hero, giving a put pilot commitment to the team of Phil Lord and Chris Miller, who successfully remade another TV show into a movie franchise with 21 Jump Street.
The two will work with Tawnia McKiernan (daughter of the late Stephen J. Cannell, who created the show) as executive producers, and the pilot will be written by Rodney Rothman who will also executive produce.
The show was about a liberal high school teacher who stumbles upon an suit of alien origin that gives the wearer super powers, but he soon loses the instruction manual and struggles to be a superhero while also teaching, and working with his right-wing federal agent handler. The original starred William Katt as teacher Ralph Hinkley and Robert Culp as FBI agent Bill Maxwell. The remake will reportedly place the teacher in the inner city, and is named Isaac.