Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Big Screen Greatest American Hero?!

Believe It Or Not (humor ar ar) SF Signal has an article up that says Stephen J. Cannell, creator of the original Greatest American Hero TV series, confirmed that a feature film, based on the TV show, is in the works. They have a screenplay and have hired a director and are working to put the movie together. Even though the word is that this would be a "reboot" the original cast would be invited to participate in the project with, as the article puts it, "larger than cameo roles"

For those of you that don't recall: The Greatest American Hero aired for three seasons from to 1983 on ABC. It premiered as a two hour movie pilot on March 18 1981. It starred William Katt as teacher Ralph Hinkley, Robert Culp as FBI Agent Bill Maxwell, and Connie Sellecca as lawyer Pam Davidson. The hook of the show was that Ralph receives a "super suit" from aliens and told that he must save the world. However he loses the instructions on how to operate the suit, so he is constantly causing as much havoc as he cures. FBI agent Maxwell is pressed into service to watch over Ralph and keep tabs on the suit which they find only Ralph can "operate". Honestly I can not remember Connie Sellecca's contribution to the program. However Culp stood head and shoulders above the rest of the cast. Culp seemed almost to reprise his character played in "I Spy" where he played a spy for the government with Bill Cosby.

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