‘Greatest American Hero’ Reboot in Works at Fox

‘Dope’ filmmaker Rick Famuyiwa to executive produce with daughter of original series’ creator

Fox has given a pilot production commitment to a revamp of the 1980s superhero series “Greatest American Hero,” TheWrap has learned.

Rick Famuyiwa, the writer-director behind the feature film “Dope,” is set to executive produce with Phil Lord and Chris Miller, directors of the recent “21 Jump Street” feature-film franchise.

Tawnia McKiernan, daughter of the original series’ creator Steven J. Cannell, will also executive produce.

Famuyiwa is set to write and direct the pilot. Studio 20th Century Fox Television will produce.

Lord and Miller attempted a “Greatest America Hero” remake last pilot season with a different writer, but the project failed to go to series.

The original show, starring William Katt and Robert Culp, aired on ABC for three seasons in the early 1980s. It followed an ordinary guy (Katt) who received a red suit from a group of aliens that gave him superpowers that he could only explore by trial and error because he promptly lost the instruction manual.