Believe it or not, the “Greatest American Hero” is coming back.
Fox announced today that it has given a put pilot agreement to a reboot of Stephen J. Cannell’s 1981 dramedy series that starred William Katt as Ralph Hinkley, a schoolteacher who finds a suit that gives him superhero powers. Rodney Rothman is writing the pilot and will executive produce alongside Phil Lord and Chris Miller, the directing duo behind “21 Jump Street.” (Rothman also worked with Lord and Miller on that film’s followup, “22 Jump Street.”) Deadline was the first to report the news.
Cannell’s daughter, Tawnia McKiernan, will also executive produce.
This reboot will center on Isaac, who, according to Fox, “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 should use his newfound gifts to help others or just himself.”