Greatest American Hero to start filming
I remember The Greatest American Hero on Saturday television over here in the UK and I loved it, what a superb story. Well a film version has been talked about for so long I didn't think that we'd ever see it made, but it looks filming is due to start, and that brings a worry along with an excitement.
The television show tells of a teacher who comes into possession of an alien suit that give him superpowers. He teams up with an FBI Agent and his girlfriend to fight crime...except they've lost the instruction manual for the suit.
What was great about the show was the amount of fun it was, not just straight out gags and jokes, but the overall feeling and humour of the show, something that might not translate well to the big screen as we'll probably witness gag set-up after gag set-up.
The story from Moviehole tells us that the film version is set to go ahead and the Director, Stephen Herek, who is directing Dead Like Me and has films such as Mr. Holland's Opus, The Mighty Ducks, Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure and Critters to his name, is looking for the leads of the teacher come hero and the FBI Agent right now.
They have a run down of the plot, and while it sounds very similar to the show itself, there are a few changes:
"Selected by a bunch of aliens as the perfect hero to champion the rights of humankind against an evil nemesis, Ralph gets a superhero suit and a rather gruff squire in the form of FBI agent Bill Maxwell - neither of which yield easily to his control. Stuck inside the suit while awaiting for a duel-to-the-death challenge from his sinister opponent, Harve Lundy, Ralph proves to be honest, upright, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent as he prepares himself to do or die, without losing his Eagle Scout-ish honor or his suit in the process. Oh, and he gets a girlfriend along the way."
That's from the casting call itself I do believe. So that doesn't sound too different from the original story, although they have created a single evil nemesis plot line, I thought that the just righting wrongs would have been good enough.
Another of the great aspects to the series was the fact that they lost the instruction book for the suit and he was learning new things about it all the time, you felt like you were along with them for the ride. Oh I just remember it as being real fun and the lead was so easy to identify with.
My concern is though that this film version of The Greatest American Hero has been talked about for so long that it might just be one where they've picked up an old script and decided to throw it into production because there's nothing else happening due to the strike. Remember that old script will have been passed over who knows how many times before today, so is it really a good one, or are they just turning something out for the slack period?