Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s ‘Greatest American Hero’ Moves Ahead with a Pretty ‘Dope’ Director

     November 2, 2015


Remember how Jump Street and LEGO Movie directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller were developing a TV remake of The Greatest American Hero for Fox? You probably thought it was a good idea. Well, so did Fox — apparently, they were just looking for the right script.

Deadline reports the network has given a pilot production commitment to the series that is inspired by the William Katt-led run from the ‘80s. Lord and Miller are developing this project with Rick Famuyiwa (Dope) and Tawnia McKiernan (ABC Family’s Shadowhunters), daughter of the series’ original creator Stephen J. Cannell.


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Famuyiwa wrote the script and will direct the pilot, while Miller and Lord will executive produce. You might recall how Fox gave a put pilot commitment to the remake last year, but that was when 22 Jump Street writer Rodney Rothman was on script duties. No other information was revealed about Rothman’s departure, but given the nature of such a commitment, the network likely had to pay a penalty for not moving forward with Rothman’s script.

The Greatest American Action Hero starred Katt as a man who is becomes an unlikely superhero when he gains a power suit granting him extraordinary abilities. The series lasted for three seasons on ABC and featured an incredibly catchy — and spoof-worthy — song, “Believe It Or Not.”

The project marks another on Lord and Miller’s packed slate, which includes a put pilot commitment to time-travel comedy In Time, another season of Last Man on Earth, and a TV series based on the popular podcast Serial. Plus, they’re continuing their work on such franchises as the Lego and Jump Street.

Famuyiwa, meanwhile, garnered high acclaim from the film festival circuit for Dope. He also wrote and directed 2010’s Our Family Wedding and 2002’s Brown Sugar.


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