LEGO Movie directors rebooting 1980s sci-fi series Greatest American Hero

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Sep 2, 2014

Studios are digging fairly deep at this point for intellectual property, and now they’ve unearthed the 1980s superhero show Greatest American Hero. It’s reboot time.

Deadline is reporting that the buzzy duo Phil Lord and Chris Miller (The Lego Movie, 21 Jump Street) have signed on to direct a modern-day version of the 1980s franchise, which followed an Average Joe school teacher who obtains a super-powered alien suit but has to figure out how to use it through trial and error.

Rodney Rothman (22 Jump Street, Undeclared) is writing and directing the pilot, and they’ve even tapped Tawnia McKiernan, the daughter of original series creator Steven J. Cannell, to executive-produce along with Lord and Miller. Oh, nostalgia.

If you’re looking for a bit more intel, here’s the full synopsis for the project:

The new Greatest American Hero will chronicle inner-city teacher Isaac’s adventures after his discovery of a superhero suit which 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 starred William Katt and ran for three seasons and 44 episodes on ABC in the early 1980s. It was fairly light-hearted fare, and a reboot could definitely be fun — especially with Lord and Miller there to help guide the tone. They’ve done wonders with 21 Jump Street, so why not let ‘em tackle another classic franchise?

(Via Deadline, /Film)

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