A beloved classic television series is reportedly getting a remake with a refreshing new twist.
According to TheWrap, ABC is set to do a reimagining of the 80s show “The Greatest American Hero”, replacing the White male lead with a female Indian-American character this time around.
A pilot for the remake of the cult classic is already in the works with “Fresh Off the Boat” writer Rachna Fruchbom penning the script. 20th Century Fox TV and ABC Studios are set to produce the show, with Fruchbom, Tawnia McKiernan, Nahnatchka Khan’s Fierce Baby and Mandy Summers as the executive producers.
Fruchbom, who has recently signed a new two-year overall deal at 20th Century Fox Television, will also be continuing her work on Fresh Off The Boat, which has been renewed for a fourth season.
The original series, created by television producer/writer StevenCannell and starring Katt and Robert Culp, aired for three seasons from 1981 to 1983. The half-hour, single-camera superhero comedy show will now be about a 30-year-old female Indian-American from Cleveland named Meera who has been tasked with protecting the planet.
The updated character, whose talents include “tequila drinking, karaoke and not much else”, will be getting her superpowers via a super suit given to her by a group of aliens, Deadline reports. The casting for the show is yet to be announced.
Fox has previously planned a development for the show’s return to the small screen twice before, with talks of having “The Lego Movie’s” Phil Lord and Christopher Miller as producers on both occasions.