When one talks about classic ’80s television, there are shows like Miami Vice, The Equalizer, Magnum P.I., and MacGyver, but few are as remembered as fondly as the series that had a theme song that hit #2 on the Billboard charts, The Greatest America Hero. The series followed the adventures of Ralph Hinkley, who, after meeting a bunch of aliens, is given a suit that makes him a superhero. However, in classic ’80s fashion, Ralph quickly loses the instruction booklet to the suit he hates wearing and is forced to discover its power through – often comical – trial and error.
For years there have been rumors that Hollywood was looking at ways to bring the 80s staple back from the dead, and usually those rumors involved a feature film reboot of the series. However, according to Deadline, it seems those plans are long dead as Fox has teamed up with Phil Lord & Chris Miller (who will serve as executive producers) to create a new version of the series for the upcoming development season.
The modern iteration will be written by 22 Jump Street scribe Rodney Rothman, and will follow “inner-city teacher Isaac’s adventures after his discovery of a superhero suit which gives him superhuman abilities. Unfortunately, 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.”
So it sounds like the new series won’t differ to greatly from its predecessor, but more importantly, Lord & Miller are attached, and after the duo made LEGOs even cooler than they already were, we’re willing to trust them to do absolutely anything they want to do. And, hey, we have it on good authority that Nathan Fillion is interested in playing the lead role.
For reference purposes, here is the first episode of the original series available for free on Hulu.com:
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