I vaguely remember “The Greatest American Hero” TV series from the ’80s. I mean, it was way before my time, but I saw repeats of it, and it was…interesting. It lasted, according to IMDB.com, for 3 seasons, and starred William Katt as a mild-mannered teacher who gets a suit that gives him superpowers. Except, well, the suit didn’t come with a manual (or did he lose it?), and the only thing I recall from the show is that he didn’t really know how to use it. Or fly. Apparently just jumping and sticking out both arms wasn’t enough.
Anyways, so Fox has given the show to Phil Lord and Chris Miller to reboot for them. The duo previously made a big success out of another ’80s show, “21 Jump Street,” as a viable movie franchise, and of course the studio is hoping they can do the same for “The Greatest American Hero,” just on the small screen.
Here’s an updated plot for the 2015 (or whenever it airs) version (via TheWrap):
The one-hour action comedy project will offer a new take on the classic series and will revolve around an inner-city teacher named Isaac whose discovery of a superhero suit which also gives him superhuman abilities. Unfortunately for Isaac, he hates wearing the suit and has to learn how to use its powers by trial and error because he quickly misplaces the suit’s instructions. He also has to deal with a government handler who has very different objectives than him and struggles as to whether he should use his newfound gifts to help others or just himself.
Looks like they’re keeping most of the original premise, including the FBI handler originally played by Robert Culp. I wonder if they’ll let Isaac keep Ralph Hinkley’s wicked perm job, though?
Also, doesn’t this sound a lot like the “Chuck” TV show? I hadn’t considered it before, but did “Chuck” sort of ripped off “The Greatest American Hero’s” premise? Hmm…
Miller and Lord will develop the new take, which has already received a pilot commitment from Fox. Of course, these days that doesn’t mean much.
For those of you who, like me, only vaguely recalls the show, here’s the opening theme: