‘The Greatest American Hero’ Headed to Theaters
To be filed under the heading of "Probably Not Exciting to Anyone But Me," Moviehole.net recently announced that casting for a big-screen version of the classic 1980s television sitcom "The Greatest American Hero" is now underway.
The film’s director, Stephen Herek (“Dead Like Me”, “The Mighty Ducks”), has put out a call for high-profile actors interested in playing the parts of Ralph Hinckley and Bill Maxwell. Chris Matheson ("Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey") and Ryan Rowe ("Charlie’s Angels") are the writers for the project.
Here’s what they’re looking for in a Ralph Hinckley:
29-39, an all-around good guy, with boyish handsome good looks, smart, decent, honorable and resilient, Ralph is a high school history teacher in Tempe, Arizona, a bachelor who hasn’t yet found the right girl. 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.
There's more than you, Rick! I was a big fan of the show back when it was on, got all the DVDs and am still working my way through them. I just hope they do it right and keep that charm and silliness of the old show and not try to modernize it too much.
I'm actually 2/3 of the way through Season 2 right now! I had forgotten how weird the plots started becoming in the second season – time travel, ghosts and zombie soldiers??