Fox Network have ordered a pilot for a rebooted version of popular eighties superhero comedy ‘The Greatest American Hero’.
The original series was a massive hit during the 80s and starred William Katt as hapless school teacher Ralph Hinkley who comes into possession of an alien suit that gives him super powers.
The network has made a pilot commitment for a half-hour, single-camera comedy inspired by the 1980s cult classic.
Deadline reports that Dope auteur Rick Famuyiwa is writing and directing the pilot, with ‘Last Man on Earth‘s’ Phil Lord and Chris Miller on board as executive producers.
A Greatest American Hero revival was in development at Fox last year, with Rodney Rothman (Undeclared) at the helm, but the project did not move forward.
A few years back before he passed away series creator Stephen J. Cannell was planning a theatrical movie adaptation, but sadly he passed away before it had chance to come to fruition.
Although the original series is over 30 years old. It still has quite the following in geek culture and has been refferenced on a number of occasions in popular shows such as ‘Big Bang Theory’. The series has even had a comic book adaptation and to this day William Katt the shows star is still hugely popular at comic conventions around the world.
All we can ask is that Fox do not mess this up and actually give the show a chance to grow before prematurely pushing the cancellation button.