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Fox orders pilot for The Greatest American Hero reboot

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Deadline has learned that Fox has ordered a pilot for a reboot of the 1980s cult television series The Greatest American Hero. DOPE writer and director Rick Famuyiwa penned the script, and he's also been set to direct, with THE LEGO MOVIE and 21 JUMP STREET filmmakers Phil Lord and Chris Miller serving as executive producers. It's not clear though if this is the exact same Fox project that we reported on last year, which also had Lord and Miller executive producing, but with Rodney Rothman writing the script, however that one only had a put pilot commitment by the network.

According to the site, a casting director has already been hired to start working on finding the lead for the reboot, which, similar to the original show starring William Katt, "is the story of what happens when great power is not met with great responsibility. An ordinary man, completely content with being average, wakes up with a superpower suit he never asked for and has to deal with the complications it brings his life."

I haven't watched a single episode of The Greatest American Hero, and when I was a kid, someone had to actually explain to me that the outgoing message on George Costanza's answering machine from "The Susie Episode" of Seinfeld was a parody of the theme song. It's just one of those series I've still never gotten around to checking out, so I'm kind of indifferent to there being a planned reboot, but I am curious to see how TGAH fans are going to take this news. Who would you like to see in the lead role?

Source: Deadline

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9:18PM on 11/03/2015
HA I'm a big fan of the original series & it's fun 80's cheesiness at it's finest. Let's hope this new reboot can bring the same vibe & with Lord & Miller involved, I have a feeling it will.
HA I'm a big fan of the original series & it's fun 80's cheesiness at it's finest. Let's hope this new reboot can bring the same vibe & with Lord & Miller involved, I have a feeling it will.
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5:15PM on 11/03/2015
I wanted this so badly when Will Ferrell was still up and coming, but only because I thought he looked a lot like the original actor. It's probably not the best way to go with a reboot, but I thought it would've been cool.
There's lots of room for comedy in the super hero genre, bring it on!
I wanted this so badly when Will Ferrell was still up and coming, but only because I thought he looked a lot like the original actor. It's probably not the best way to go with a reboot, but I thought it would've been cool.
There's lots of room for comedy in the super hero genre, bring it on!
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10:34AM on 11/03/2015

I CAN'T WAIT!

I loved the original show. It still remains one of my favorite shows from my childhood. I loved the way the two leads were almost polar opposites in point of view, politics and had completely different intentions for the suit, and despite their differences - made a great team. It was a fun dynamic, that odd couple partnership. My autographed cast photo remains one of my prized possessions. I really hope this goes well and lasts longer than 3 seasons.

Eric Christian Olsen was originally
I loved the original show. It still remains one of my favorite shows from my childhood. I loved the way the two leads were almost polar opposites in point of view, politics and had completely different intentions for the suit, and despite their differences - made a great team. It was a fun dynamic, that odd couple partnership. My autographed cast photo remains one of my prized possessions. I really hope this goes well and lasts longer than 3 seasons.

Eric Christian Olsen was originally cast to play Ralph in the film version that almost took off. I'd love to see him cast in the FOX reboot of the show. And maybe Bruce Campbell as Bill Maxwell? Or Hugh Laurie? I think either of those two could bring something charming to Ralph's hard nosed FBI pal. Though I'm unsure who should bring Connie Selleca's Pam Davidson to life?

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