Phil Lord and Chris Miller to Bring Back THE GREATEST AMERICAN HERO

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The Greatest American Hero was before my time and looking back at it now, it’s definitely dated and a little silly, but there’s no denying that the core concept has some serious potential, and perhaps now more so than ever.  We’ve got loads of superheroes on screen who have powers because they were injected with a special serum or bitten by a radioactive spider, but what if you just got hold of a suit that came with all the powers?

Apparently Phil Lord and Chris Miller are into the idea because it’s being reported that the 22 Jump Street and Lego Movie duo are developing a Greatest American Hero reboot for 20th Century Fox.  Hit the jump for more on the project.

the-greatest-american-heroAccording to Deadline, Rodney Rothman, who worked on the 22 Jump Street script, wrote the hour-long action comedy pilot and will serve as executive producer alongside Lord and Miller as well as Tawnia McKiernan who’s actually Stephen J. Cannell’s daughter, the guy who created the original series that ran from 1981 to 1983 on ABC.

This iteration will center on an inner-city schoolteacher named Isaac who discovers a suit that gives him superpowers.  It sounds cool and all, but the problem is, Isaac isn’t a fan of wearing it and he’s stuck trying to figure out how to use the thing through trial and error because he can’t find the instructions.  The new show also includes a government handler character and he doesn’t agree with Isaac on how best to use the suit, to help others or for personal gain.

Again, I never watched the show so this idea just sounds totally fresh and fun.  Plus, at this point, who could ever doubt something Lord and Miller have their hands on?  They did 21 Jump Street and Lego justice.  Why would it be any different with this?  Lord and Miller got a put pilot commitment from Fox for this one, so there’s a good shot the pilot will be picked up, but if Fox opts out of airing it, monetary penalties will result.

You can check out The Greatest American Hero’s popular theme song below.  It actually hit #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 back in 1981.

 The Greatest American Hero Reboot




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  • Chachi

    So this is a reboot of the tv show, not a movie reboot. Sweet.

    • Manuel Orozco

      Totally

    • Believe it or Not it’s just me

      lol I was hoping for them to make a movie version.

      If you go to the other sites then you will see plenty of people saying how they loved this show as a kid. The theme song alone became a hit.

      Don’t f this up please:
      The pilot was the best episode and even the actors agreed it was the best written and executed.

      This is not a stupid comedy, it’s a drama with heart and sweatness. With some funny moments. The fact that the first scene of the pilot showed one of Robert Culp’s friend die from evil modern Nazis showed it wasn’t just a kids show. I used to watch the pilot over and over again on Beta. The characters on this show had true caring hearts. To me it was as good as Star Wars.

      • RedMercury

        I remember NOT liking this as a kid, mostly because it got really stupid. The “doesn’t know how to land” bit was cute the first few times but by the 6th or 7th “crashes into something when landing” bit, you’re done.

  • God’s Diamond

    I thought it would be a new movie and not show. For a second there I thought it would be another R rated cinematic reboot like Jump Street

  • MJ

    What’s next, a Mr. Belvedere reboot? LOL

    • davidversuseverything

      Wesley.

  • Tommy Boy

    What the fuck?

  • Jeff

    i have the first 2 seasons of greatest american hero on DVD, and still love it now almost as much as I did when it first aired when I was a kid…however I am not a fan of the 22 Jump Street reboot at all. Could just be I don’t really like any of the actors in it to be honest…anyways I would be willing to checkout a reboot of Greatest American Hero, but I will have to wait and see if it’s something I would enjoy or not…the theme song from the original show is probably my favorite theme song of all time, but I like that cheesy 80s stuff.

  • Jeff

    i have the first 2 seasons of greatest american hero on DVD, and still love it now almost as much as I did when it first aired when I was a kid…however I am not a fan of the 22 Jump Street reboot at all. Could just be I don’t really like any of the actors in it to be honest…anyways I would be willing to checkout a reboot of Greatest American Hero, but I will have to wait and see if it’s something I would enjoy or not…the theme song from the original show is probably my favorite theme song of all time, but I like that cheesy 80s stuff.

  • Bomtronathon

    I loved this as a kid! I really hope they keep the spirit of the original and maybe William Katt can play the handler.

  • Georce Johnson

    I’m shocked it hasn’t been rebooted already. If they don’t keep the theme song they’re screwed.

  • R0yBatty

    Now this is a reboot I can get behind. Lord and Miller will give the show heart, comedy, drama AND spectacle. It would make a great movie though. This thing definitely needs Katt back in some acting capacity fo sho.

  • TheMuppetManiac

    The show was fun, but wasn’t thought out propperly. If done well it could be good. And the fact that you can really later on go into the aliens and what they want, it can make the show better. If they nail the lead, I’m down for it.

  • Cjv95

    Now get Nathan Fillion as your lead and we’ll be in movie heaven.

  • mattinacan

    a lot of 21 jump street fans hate the new ones, because it really isn’t a 21 jump street film aside from the name.

  • mattinacan

    a lot of 21 jump street fans hate the new ones, because it really isn’t a 21 jump street film aside from the name.

  • mattinacan

    a lot of 21 jump street fans hate the new ones, because it really isn’t a 21 jump street film aside from the name.

  • ganymede3010

    This show was absolutely hilarious! It was way before it’s time. In today’s market this show will much better. Can’t wait to see what they come up with.

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