Late ‘70s/early ‘80s nostalgia isn’t restricted to Star Wars, or even The Six Million Dollar Man (who is now worth $6 billion). Believe it or not, The Greatest American Hero will be flying again: The 1981-1983 TV series will be getting a reboot from Fox.
Actually, we reported this news last year, but that attempt to reboot the show was unsuccessful. But unlike the 2014 attempt, when
Rodney Rothman (22 Jump Street) was writing and directing the show, this time around, the job is going to Rick Famuyiwa (Talk to Me; Dope).
According to Deadline, Famuyiwa will be working with “Phil Lord & Chris Miller -- the directing duo behind the successful Fox logo feature franchise based on another ’80s TV series by [Steven J.] Cannell, 21 Jump Street -- and Cannell’s daughter, television director Tawnia McKiernan.”
Didn’t catch the show the first time around? TGAH was a lighthearted series about Ralph Hinkley, a teacher who has greatness thrust upon him in the form of a super suit. But without the instruction manual, Hinkley saves the day only after getting smacked around by his enemies. Also, rather than flying with grace, he flew like he was in mid-seizure.
Although some of you may be thinking, “We really don’t need another superhero show,” in actuality, this could be a good idea. Hinkley is a non-Marvel, non-DC superhero and won’t have to stick to another show/movie/comic book continuity. This should give the writers freedom to explore their own universe.
And maybe one of them will come up with a superheroic name: Hinkley never had one.
So what name would you give a reluctant superhero who isn’t sure of his own powers? Let us know in the comments.