The cult 80s TV series The Greatest American Hero looks set for a return to the small screen, with Deadline revealing that Phil Lord and Chris Miller (The LEGO Movie, 22 Jump Street) have signed on to produce a remake from FOX, which has a put pilot commitment from the network.
Created by Stephen J. Cannell, The Greatest American Hero is a comedy-drama series which aired on ABC between 1981 and 1983 and centres on the adventures of Ralph Hinkley, a teacher who gains superhuman abilities thanks a suit given to him by aliens. William Katt (Perry Mason) portrayed Ralph, while the cast also included Robert Culp (I Spy) and Connie Sellecca (Hotel).
According to Deadline, the remake will stick closely to the original and “chronicle inner-city teacher Isaac’s adventures after his discovery of a superhero suit that 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.”