Believe it or not, “The Greatest American Hero” is headed back to television.
According to Deadline, Fox has given a pilot production commitment to a revival of the 1980s comedy-drama, written by “Dope” filmmaker Rick Famuyiwa and produced by the “LEGO Movie” team of Phil Lord and Chris Miller.
Created by prolific writer/producer Stephen J. Cannell, the original series debuted in 1981 on ABC, starring William Katt as a school teacher who’s given a red suit by aliens that grants him superhuman abilities. However, he quickly loses the instruction book, leading him to discover the suit’s capabilities through trial and error. Robert Culp and Connie Sellecca co-starred on the show, which aired for three seasons.
The revival’s premise doesn’t seem as if it’ll stray too far from the source material, as Deadline describes it as “the story of what happens when great power is not met with great responsibility”: “An ordinary man, completely content with being average, wakes up with a superpower suit he never asked for and has to deal with the complications it brings his life.”