Heroes Never Die — Greatest American Hero To Make Comeback

2 Nov

By James Robert Shaw (The Wind up Geek)

GreatestAmericanHeroAccording to Deadline, 20th Century Fox TV has committed to a television pilot of The Greatest American Hero

The original production was a comedy-drama created by late writer-producer Stephen J. Cannell and aired for three seasons on ABC. The cast starred actors William Katt, Robert Culp, and Connie Sellecca.

The series saw Katt playing special education teacher Ralph Hinkley who is given a red suit by aliens from another galaxy. Upon acquiring the suit Hinkley loses the instructions only to learn of the suits powers through trial and error. With FBI special agent Bill Maxwell (Culp) and Pam Davidson (Sellecca), Hinkley would solve national and international crimes using his new found powers.

The series spawned a hit song titled Believe It or Not. It hit the top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100 for 18 week eventually peaking at number 2 in August, 1981.

In 1986 the Greatest American Heroine saw the story continue with Mary Ellen Stuart as Holly Hathaway, the successor to the red suit. Robert Culp reprised his role as special agent Maxwell. The pilot was never picked up by the networks.

The pilot will be a single-camera comedy that revolves around “the story of what happens when great power is not met with great responsibility. An ordinary man, completely content with being average, wakes up with a superpower suit he never asked for and has to deal with the complications it brings his life.”

The series will be helmed by writer-director Rick Famuyiwa (Dope, Talk To Me), writing-producing-directing duo Phil Lord and Chris Miller (21 Jump Street, The Lego Movie, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs), and Cannell’s daughter TV director Tawnia McKiernan (Criminal Minds, Blue Bloods). Famuyiwa will write and direct while Miller, Lord and McKiernan will executive produce with Lord Miller’s President of television Seth Cohen.

A casting director has already been hired to seek out the project’s lead actor. There is no word at this time whether original cast members Katt or Sellecca will reprise their role. Culp passed away in 2010, the result of a heart attack.

Source(s): Comic Book Resources and Deadline.

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