The 1981 cult-classic The Greatest American Hero is getting a reboot at Fox, who has given a put pilot* commitment to the new take on the sci-fy comedy-drama, which has Phil Lord and Chris Miller at the helm.
Lord and Miller will executive produce the hourlong action comedy along with Steven J. Cannell’s daughter, Tawnia McKiernan.
Written/exec produced by Rodney Rothman and produced by 20th TV, the new Greatest American Hero will
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.
The original series,
created by TV legend Cannell and starring William Katt and Robert Culp,
aired for three seasons on the US network, ABC.
The Lego Movie writers & directors Lord and Miller recruited Rothman for Greatest American Hero after working with him on 22 Jump Street, the duo’s sequel to 21 Jump Street.
Rothman co-wrote the Lord & Miller directed sequel, which has
grossed more than $300 million at the worldwide box office so far.
Lord and Miller executive produce Greatest American Hero
through their Lord Miller shingle, which has an overall deal at 20th TV.
Lord Miller’s President of Television, Seth Cohen, also will executive
*put pilot: A put pilot is a pilot that the network has agreed to air. If the network does not air the pilot episode, the network will owe substantial monetary penalties to the studio. Generally, this guarantees that the pilot will be picked up by the network.