’21 Jump Street’ Writers To Tackle ‘The Greatest American Hero’ For Fox

By August 30, 2014

Believe or not, it’s getting remade…by the guys who did 21 Jump Stre-hee-heeeeet. (Get it!?)

According to Deadline, Fox has given writing/directing team Phil Lord and Chris Miller (21 and 22 Jump Street, The LEGO Movie) a pilot commitment to remake 1981’s “The Greatest American Hero,” with Lord and Miller exec producing the series with show creator Stephen J. Cannell’s daughter, TV director Tawnia McKiernan (“Warehouse 13” “Grimm”).

Written by executive producer Rodney Rothman (“Late Show with David Letterman,” 22 Jump Street), the updated version will look at “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.”

from left: Connie Sellecca, William Katt, Robert Culp

I don’t really care who takes on the Connie Sellecca role; I’m more concerned with who they’ll cast as the lead. All I’m saying is he better be a curly-haired blonde who’s as cute as William Katt and whomever is tasked with playing Robert Culp’s role has some MIGHTY big shoes to fill, so I’ll be watching VERY closely.

So this one is kind of close to the original series, but it sounds interesting to me!

While we wait for more news on the pilot, enjoy the original from 1981!

Who would YOU like to see play the new Greatest American Hero?

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