The Greatest American Hero: Dope writer-director joins, pilot in development

News Rob Leane
3 Nov 2015 - 08:24

Phil Lord and Chris Miller have nabbed Dope’s Rick Famuyiwa’s to helm The Greatest American Hero remake’s pilot episode…

It’s been a year and a bit since we heard anything about Phil Lord and Chris Miller's reboot of The Greatest American Hero TV series (it's a comedy about a school teacher endowed with unwanted superpowers, if you're unfamiliar).

Back in September 2014, we were told that The LEGO Movie and Jump Street duo, Lord and Miller, were working on a pilot episode with Tawnia McKiernan and Rodney Rothman.

Now, we’ve heard  that Fox is definitely still investing in a pilot episode, but the creative team has a changed a little. Lord, Miller and McKiernan (TV director, and daughter of the original series’ creator Steven J. Cannell) will stay on, but writer Rodney Rothman has been replaced by Rick Famuyiwara.

Rick Famuyiwara is a writer and director, best known for his work on this year’s crime drama/comedy feature, Dope. He’s also written and directed such films as Our Family Wedding, Brown Sugar and The Wood over the course of his career.

Fox will be hoping that Famuyiwara can help get this reboot off the ground at long last. He’ll write and direct the pilot episode, with Lord, Miller and McKiernan on executive producing duties.

A casting call for roles in the pilot episode is said to be going out soon.

More as we hear it.


PREVIOUSLY (September 2014)

If you’re an intellectual property, which you’re probably not if you’re reading this article, one of the best things that can happen to you is being snapped up by Chris Miller and Phil Lord.

Quickly becoming one of cinemas hottest properties, the dynamic duo have already resurrected 21 Jump Street, helmed its sequel and built The LEGO Movie. They’re on an incredible run.

Now, the latest project to be rejuvenated by Lord and Miller is The Greatest American Hero. The 1981 comic sci-fi drama is based on an unwitting superhero discovering their powers.

Fox is funding a pilot from Lord and Miller, which we've got  a feeling could be absolutely hilarious.

Their protagonist will be inner-city school teacher Isaac (a different teacher to William Katt's in the original), who dislikes his new-found superheroic responsibilities and has to improvise with his powers after losing the instructions for his suit. Count us very much in.

Here’s a montage of clips from the original, set to its theme tune, to give you a taste...


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