Series Creator Confirms GREATEST AMERICAN HERO Movie

The Greatest American Hero creator Stephen J. Cannell confirmed to fans that a movie is brewing.
A feature film version of the cult '80s TV series The Greatest American Hero is in the works, creator Stephen J. Cannell told an audience at the Sept. 7 Screen Actors Guild's 25th-anniversary reunion in Hollywood.

"We've written a screenplay, and we've hired a director, and we're in the midst of putting this together for the future," said Cannell. He did not, however, confirm reports that Stephen Herek (Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure) will be directing.

The Greatest American Hero, which aired on ABC from 1981-'83, centered on school teacher Ralph Hinkley (William Katt), who comes into possession of a red alien superpower-endowing suit--but not the instruction manual. Robert Culp played Hinkley's FBI minder and Connie Sellecca his long-suffering girlfriend.

The entire cast, producers, writers and famed stuntman Dennis "Danger" Madalone joined Cannell for a lengthy Q&A session moderated by Sellecca's husband and Hero historian John Tesh.

After Cannell's movie announcement, Sellecca took the opportunity to lock in roles for herself and her costars.

"I'm going to put Stephen on the spot," Sellecca said with a grin. "Cameos for us?"

"More than cameos," Cannell responded, "acting jobs."

"I took a sneak peek at the [feature] script, and it's absolutely charming and wonderful," Katt told the rapt audience. "I know people are going to love it."

[Based on a report by JEFF OTTO.]
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