Though it wasn’t a massive hit, ‘The Greatest American Hero’, produced by TV legend Stephen J. Cannell became a cult classic. The show centered on William Katt as Ralph Hinkley, a high school teacher who discovers an extraterrestrial super suit that grants him powers. Unfortunately, he immediately loses the instructions and fumbles though the life of a superhero, flying into walls and so forth.
Now, the directors of ‘The Lego Movie’ and ’21 Jump Street’, Phil Lord and Chris Miller, are shepherding the show back to TV. The show will be directed by the daughter of Stephen J. Cannell, Tawnia McKiernan. Rodney Rothman will co-executive produce and write the pilot. Rotheman previously worked with Lord and Miller on ’22 Jump Street’.
The new version will deviate from the original, however. The new show will be set in the inner city and the lead character will be named Isaac instead of Ralph.
In the original, Robert Culp played Bill Maxwell, a government agent tasked with handling this bumbling hero. That concept will be carried over to the new version. In the new version, Isaac hates wearing the super suit and struggles with whether he should use his powers for the greater good or for his own gain.
Perhaps even more memorable than the actual show, which ran for three seasons on ABC, is the theme song, ‘Believe It Or Not’ which hit #2 on the Billboard chart. Can we expect an updated version of this song on the new show?
What do you think? Are you looking forward to this show being brought back for a new generation?