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August 29, 2014

The Greatest American Hero, Returning

by Reggie's Take

Look at what’s happened to me, I can’t believe it myself, but Phil Lord and Chris Miller the creators behind The LEGO Movie are looking to bringing back “The Greatest American Hero” to television.

Phil Lord and Chris Miller after the success of “The Lego Movie” have decided to develop a “Greatest American Hero” reboot for 20th Century Fox. Rodney Rothman, who worked on the script for 22 Jump Street also wrote the pilot for the hour-long action comedy and will serve as an executive producer.

Phil Lord and Chris Miller will join Rotham as executive producers as will Tawnia McKiernan the daughter of Stephen J. Cannell, who created the original series that ran on ABC from 1981 to 1983.

“The Greatest American Hero” will follow an inner-city teacher adventures (Isaac in the reboot version) after his discovery of a superhero suit which gives him superhuman abilities. Isaac hates wearing the suit and has to learn how to use its powers by trial and error, because he looses the suit’s instructions. Isaac has to decide whether he should use his new found gifts to help others or just himself.

No word on when we may see the new version actually air. My guess is we won’t see it at the earliest until September of 2015.

Greatest American Hero Image

William Katt as “Ralph Hinkley” / Greatest American Hero ’81-’83

The Greatest American Hero, Original Synopsis: (1981-1983, 44 Episodes)
A pair of strangers, liberal high-school teacher Ralph Hinkley and right-wing FBI agent Bill Maxwell, have a close encounter in the Southern California desert one night with “little green men”, who give our heroes a red superhero suit. The suit works only for Ralph, and the two, accompanied by Ralph’s cute lawyer girlfriend Pam, reluctantly team up to battle criminals. Problems ensue when Ralph loses the suit’s instruction book, so he had to master the suit’s powers on his own.

The Greatest American Hero’s popular theme song lyrics are below. The song hit #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 back in 1981.

The Greatest American Hero
Look at what’s happened to me,
I can’t believe it myself.
Suddenly I’m up on top of the world,
It should’ve been somebody else.

Believe it or not,
I’m walking on air.
I never thought I could feel so free-.
Flying away on a wing and a prayer.
Who could it be?
Believe it or not it’s just me.

It’s like a light of a new day-,
It came from out of the blue.
Breaking me out of the spell I was in,
Making all of my wishes come true-.

Believe it or not,
I’m walking on air.
I never thought I could feel so free-.
Flying away on a wing and a prayer.
Who could it be?
Believe it or not it’s just me.

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