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Cult classic The Greatest American Hero is getting the Lord and Miller treatement...
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 »
Could The Greatest American Hero fly again? Believe it or not, Fox is considering a TV show reboot according to Deadline.
The network has given a put pilot commitment for a new take on the Stephen J. Cannell series. It will be headed up by Phil Lord and Chris Miller, the directors of the successful 21 Jump Street movies (which were based on Cannell's TV show of the same name) and The Lego Movie. They will executive produce with television director Tawnia McKiernan, Cannell’s daughter.
Written and executive produced by Rodney Rothman, the new pilot's plot sounds a lot like the original 1980s action comedy. The story follows an inner-city teacher named Isaac. He acquires a superhero suit that gives him super abilities but he has to learn how to use them through trial and error because he's lost the instruction manual. His partner »
The cult 80s TV series The Greatest American Hero looks set for a return to the small screen, with Deadline revealing that Phil Lord and Chris Miller (The Lego Movie, 22 Jump Street) have signed on to produce a remake from Fox, which has a put pilot commitment from the network.
Created by Stephen J. Cannell, The Greatest American Hero is a comedy-drama series which aired on ABC between 1981 and 1983 and centres on the adventures of Ralph Hinkley, a teacher who gains superhuman abilities thanks a suit given to him by aliens. William Katt (Perry Mason) portrayed Ralph, while the cast also included Robert Culp (I Spy) and Connie Sellecca (Hotel).
According to Deadline, the remake will stick closely to the original and “chronicle inner-city teacher Isaac’s adventures after his discovery of a superhero suit that gives him superhuman abilities. Unfortunately for Isaac, he hates wearing the suit and has »
- Gary Collinson
Stephen J. Cannell created the cult superhero adventure series, which debuted on ABC in 1981. Phil Lord and Chris Miller are developing the pilot alongside Stephen J. Cannell's daughter, TV director Tawnia McKiernan, with all three serving as executive producers. The show will be written and produced by Rodney Rothman, one of the writers on the sequel 22 Jump Street.
The new Greatest American Hero will follow inner-city teacher Isaac, who, like in the original, is granted a superhero suit by aliens which gives him extraordinary superhuman abilities. Accidentally misplacing the instruction booklet, Isaac must go through a painful journey of trial and error in learning how his new super powers work. He is also strapped with a government handler who has very different »
Fox has given a put pilot commitment to a reboot of the classic 1981 sci-fi comedy/drama "The Greatest American Hero"
"The Lego Movie" writers-directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller are set to executive produce the hourlong action comedy alongside television director Tawnia McKiernan, daughter of the original show's producer Steven J. Cannell.
Rodney Rothman, who worked on the script for "22 Jump Street" with Lord and Miller, will pen the series which will chronicle inner-city teacher Isaac’s adventures after his discovery of a superhero suit which gives him superhuman abilities.
Unfortunately for Isaac, he hates wearing the suit, and has to learn how to use its powers by trial and error because he quickly misplaces the suit’s instructions. He also has to deal with a government handler who has very different objectives than him.
- Garth Franklin
From 1981 to 1983, ABC ran a superhero television series called The Greatest American Hero. It starred William Katt as Ralph Hinkley/Hanley, Robert Culp as Bill Maxwell and Connie Sellecca as Pam Davidson. While it only lasted a few seasons, its rerun have persevered over the past decades. It is considered a cult classic. Believe it or not, Fox is gonna take another stab at this premise. The creators of The Lego Movie, Phil Lord and Chris Miller, will be the executive producers of the project. The show will be an hour-long and "will chronicle inner-city teacher Isaac’s adventures after his discovery of a superhero suit which gives him superhuman abilities." Furthermore, "Unfortunately for Isaac, he hates wearing the suit, and has to learn how to use its powers by trial and error because he quickly misplaces the suit’s instructions." Isaac will even have his own "government handler" just as the original series had. »
Fox rebooting “The Greatest American Hero” The Steven J. Cannell cult classic superhero comedy/drama that ran on ABC for three seasons from 1981 to 1983 is being remade by Phil Lord and Chris Miller, the writer-directors behind “The Lego Movie” and the “21 Jump Street” movies. According to Deadline, the new take on “The Greatest American Hero" "will chronicle inner-city teacher Isaac’s adventures after his discovery of a superhero suit which gives him superhuman abilities." »
- Norman Weiss
Believe it or not… The Greatest American Hero is poised to fight another day.
According to our sister site Deadline, Fox has given a put pilot order (i.e. virtually guaranteed to air) to a remake of the unlikely superhero series, which ran for three seasons on ABC in the early 1980s.
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The original series, which starred William Katt, Robert Culp and Connie Sellecca, revolved around a mild-mannered teacher named Ralph who inherits from aliens a suit that affords him superhuman abilities.
Thing is, Ralph loses the instructions for the suit, making »
Despite only airing for three seasons in the early 1980s, ABC comedy-drama The Greatest American Hero has left a cult following over the last three decades. Starring William Katt, Robert Culp, Connie Sellecca, and JoBlo.com fave Michael Pare, the series chronicled the exploits of a teacher given a superhero suit he doesn't understand how to use. 22 Jump Street and The Lego Movie directors Chris Miller and Phil Lord will executive produce a reboot of the series at Fox along with screenwriter »
- Alex Maidy
Life of Crime is a wonderfully wicked tale filled with outrageously eccentric characters, sly comedy and surprising twists based on Elmore Leonard’s darkly funny novel, The Switch. When a couple of low-level criminals kidnap the wife of a corrupt real estate developer, they get both more and less than they bargained for in this cool crime caper adapted for the screen and directed by Daniel Schechter. The film stars Jennifer Aniston, John Hawkes, Yasiin Bey, Mark Boone Junior, Isla Fisher, Will Forte and Tim Robbins and will be released in theaters and VOD on August 29th. At the film’s recent press day, Schechter, Aniston, Hawkes, and Forte talked about making a film set in the 70s, what appealed to Schechter about Leonard’s The Switch and made it perfect for adapting to the screen, the brilliance of Leonard’s dialogue, Aniston’s duo role as actor and executive »
- Sheila Roberts
The Universal Soldier films are a strange case of life imitating art. Much like how series protagonist Luc Deveraux is killed in action then resurrected into something post-human, Universal was a pretty standard 90s action film which crashed and burned when it came to sequels, but became something unique and beautiful when it was reanimated for the straight to DVD market.
It’s a hushed secret among genre fans, but Universal Solder 3 and 4 (or possibly 5 and 6, it’s complicated) are some of the most remarkable action sci-fi films of the 21st century so far. Yes, really. I actually watched the series backwards when I first saw them, after being blown away by Universal Solder Day Of Reckoning and deciding to work my way back, and Roland Emmerich’s perfectly acceptable 1992 blockbuster »
In today's cinematic marketplace, audiences have grown increasingly used to Hollywood fare dominating both domestic and international box offices. In the last few years we have even seen studios steer their biggest blockbusters increasingly towards overseas markets, with particular focus given to Asia. It is predominantly for this reason that we now get more remakes, reboots, sequels and franchise-building, in the hope of pushing familiar, pre-existing properties onto new audiences hungry for grand-scale spectacle rather than nuanced characterisation and intricate plotting. At the time of writing, every film in 2014's box office Top 10 was an adaptation of a pre-existing property. In fact the only film on the list that isn't a remake or sequel is Phil Lord and Chris Miller's The Lego Movie, based...
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Following the success of “22 Jump Street” and “The Lego Movie,” Phil Lord and Christopher Miller have upped longtime assistant Will Allegra into the director of development position at their Lord Miller production banner.
Allegra, who began working with Lord and Miller in 2011, was an associate producer on “The Lego Movie” and was a co-producer on “22 Jump Street,” where he was instrumental in developing and assembling the memorable end credits sequence.
He is also an exec producer on “The Reunion.”
“Nobody works harder or with more enthusiasm than Will. He’s bright, hungry, has great taste, he cares deeply about the projects he works on, and there is no human being on this earth with a higher capacity for getting psyched. This promotion is simply a natural outgrowth of the great work he has done with us over the past 3 plus years. We can only hope he will stick around long »
- Justin Kroll
The good news is that now that all the singing and the farting around is done in Hobbiton and the story has kicked in good and proper, the majority of this second in Peter Jackson’s portrayal of a slim Tolkien story overblown to epic proportions is mostly action with a minimum of plot. It’s still got various story beats it has to hit of course and is very much a middle chapter, but this has a momentum which was really missing from An Unexpected Journey.
In this second Hobbit film you can start to see the stuff that was added in to pad out the two films into a trilogy with characters who do not appear in the books introduced and a weird elf/dwarf romance along with a more angsty and badass Legolas, strangely enough it doesn’t feel out-of-place. Once »
- Chris Holt
The tiny Lego universe is about to get a whole lot bigger. Warner Bros. has staked out May 25, 2018 and May 24, 2019 as release dates for two untitled animated films. Although noting has been confirmed, the two mystery films are said to be the third and fourth films in the expanding "Lego Movie" franchise, according to The Hollywood Reporter. After "The Lego Movie" earned a huge $468 million worldwide, the studio wasted no time in developing the spin-off "Ninjago" for 2016 and "The Lego Movie 2" for 2017. Therefore, a third and fourth film (or another spin-off) doesn't come as that much of a surprise. The scheduling of the untitled animated films comes just a day after Warner Bros. unveiled an ambitious superhero schedule, including plans to move "Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice" up by three months. "Lego Movie" featured the voices of Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Will Ferrell, Morgan Freeman, and Will Arnett as Batman, »
- Dave Lewis
After the tremendous success of The Lego Movie, Warner Bros. has released an (incomplete) instruction manual outlining the steps of its next big franchise. On Wednesday, Warners announced two more untitled animated films for Memorial Day 2018 and 2019.
Lego 2 has already been slated for May 26, 2017. First, a spinoff for the brick-bashing ninja Legos, Ninjago, is schedule to hit theaters September 23, 2016.
The two new dates are expected to be filled out with new sequels to the existing franchises, or new spinoffs for other popular Lego characters (Bionicles, anyone?).
The Lego Movie was a rare feat. It marked Warners’s first true successful foray into animation, capturing the hearts of both children and adults alike.
The movie was funny and exciting for kids, outlining a surprisingly poignant message of individuality and non-conformism. Under the whip-smart direction of Phil Lord and Chris Miller (22 Jump Street), adults were hit with nostalgia, and also enjoyed a »
- Harrison Okin
After the success of "The Lego Movie" this spring, a sequel was inevitable, and the film is getting a spin-off, too. Now, sources say that studio Warner Bros. wants even more installments of the "Lego" franchise, announcing two dates for future animation releases that insiders believe to be "Lego" films.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Warner Bros. has already staked out May 25, 2018 and May 24, 2019 for the release of two as-yet-untitled animated flicks. "The Lego Movie 2" is already slated for release in May 2017, with a spinoff, "Ninjago," dated for September 23, 2016.
THR's insiders say that the 2018 date is set aside for "Ninjago 2," while the 2019 spot is being eyed for "Lego Movie 3," though the sources cautioned that this far in advance, those plans could change. Still Warner Bros. seems eager to cash in on the successful "Lego" brand, and building up a strong box office presence is one way of doing so. »
- Katie Roberts
Hot on the heels of its mega-announcement that nine DC blockbusters will follow Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice and be in theaters by 2020, Warner Bros. has further filled out its schedule by slotting two additional animated films, ones insiders say are part of the Lego franchise. Though it must be stressed that only the dates – May 25, 2018, and May 24, 2019 – have been announced, The Lego Movie is the only lucrative, animated franchise that the studio currently has.
It makes sense that Warner Bros. would want to expand its Lego property as quickly as possible, seeing as the studio has lacked a sturdy foothold in animation for some time (2010′s Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole failed to launch a franchise, and 2011′s Happy Feet Two was also Doa at the box office). The Lego Movie grossed $468 million, a terrific sum for any blockbuster, let alone an animated one. »
- Isaac Feldberg
Made for just $60 million, Phil Lord and Chris Miller's The Lego Movie created a rather sizable phenomenon when it came out earlier this year. Not only was the film an absolutely smash with critics, it also raked in more than $450 million at the global box office (not bad for a movie that sounded incredibly ridiculous when it was first announced!). Warner Bros. suddenly discovered that they had an entire brand that they could mine for new features, and it didn't take long for them to announce a Lego Movie 2. But now it sounds like they're not stopping there. The studio has just announced that they will be releasing two untitled animated films on May 25, 2018, and May 24, 2019 - and The Hollywood Reporter has word from an inside source that both titles will be Lego related. It has already been announced that The Lego Movie 2 will be coming out on »
With “The Lego Movie” established as a major franchise starter, Warner Bros. is tooning up its animation schedule by announcing release dates for two untitled movies for the Memorial Day holiday on May 25, 2018, and on May 24, 2019.
The studio did not disclose any details about the new titles. It already had “Lego” spinoff “Ninjago” set for Sept. 23, 2016, followed by a “Lego” sequel for May 26, 2017, so it’s possible — but not definite — that the two additonal films could be “Lego” related.
The studio, which has been looking to catch up to competitors in the animated game, now has half a dozen animated films in the pipeline.
Warner Bros. announced early last year that it had formed an animated think-tank-style creative consortium aimed at »
- Dave McNary
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