Fans of 1980s sci-fi TV series Captain Power and the Soldiers of the Future rejoice! The show is being rebooted as a new series titled Phoenix Rising, with one of the original co-creators, Gary Goddard, being one of the folks behind the project.
According to Deadline, Phoenix Rising is currently in active development from Goddard’s Goddard Film Group and former Syfy execs Thomas Vitale and Craig Engler’s (Z-Nation) Planet X Productions. The pilot will be penned by Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens, who wrote for Star Trek: Enterprise. That's a pretty cool pedigree, don't you think?
The current goal is to create awareness for Phoenix Rising series during this week’s San Diego Comic-Con. They’ve even released an announcement teaser, which you can see below.
Captain Power was a Canadian-American sci-fi TV series that ran for 22 episodes between 1987 and 1988, merging live action with animation based on computer-generated images. A toy line was also produced by Mattel and, during each episode, a segment that included visual and audio material interacted with the toys. Babylon 5’s J. Michael Straczynski was the show’s head writer, and the series starred Tim Dunigan as Capt. Jonathan Power and Peter MacNeill as Maj. Hawk Masterson. The show was set on Earth in 2147, in the aftermath of the Metal Wars – a global confrontation between man and machines.
Here’s a description for the planned TV series:
Phoenix Rising picks up 15 years after humanity has lost a devastating war against an artificial intelligence called Overmind. Jonathan Power, the son of the man who caused that war, learns the truth about his father and discovers a new type of battle armor that will enable a small, mismatched team of soldiers and civilians to fight the Bionic armies of the New Order. Dunigan will return in a new role.