Nathan Fillion (Serenity, "Castle") previously expressed interest in starring in the "Green Lantern" film, but was passed over for Ryan Reynolds. Now, Fillion tells IFC that there is another superhero that he would love to portray on the big screen.
"There are so many superheroes out there, I feel like there's none left," he said. "But there is one I think I could handle, and that's a redo of 'The Greatest American Hero'."
"The Greatest American Hero" was an ABC television show that ran from 1981 to 1983, and centered on Ralph Hinkley (William Katt), a teacher who comes into possession of a red alien suit that endows its wearer with superpowers--but not the instruction manual.
"With the technology we have available today for effects, I'd say it's largely the same idea, the same story," explained Fillion. "But the suit would be able to change and morph into whatever it is you needed him to do. So it could become armor, a scuba suit -- you could do that stuff."
This isn't the first time we've heard of "The Greatest American Hero" movie. About a year ago Stephen J Cannell, creator of the TV series, confirmed that a feature film was in the works. It was rumored that director Stephen Herek (Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure, Critters) was onboard to direct.
I agree J-man he makes everything he acts in better just by being there
thedotsayswrites: on October 16th, 2009 at 9:21:18 AM
Personally, Castle isn't that great of a show but it would be far worse without him. I'm still stunned the offeres didn't come rolling in after Slither. Drive was better with him but suffered from its premise. His run on Firefly/Serenity is by far his best work.
I think he would have been pretty damn good in the role of Jonah Hex.
William Katt and Robert Culp were great in the TV Series. The ONLY flaw I saw to it was they dragggggged out his knowledge on how to use his powers (smell... SMALLVILLE ANYONE?!?!?!) - AFTER he loses the instruction manual that came with it (LOL!)... also similar timing to TV's 'Enterprise'... getting to use humans in the transporter, etc.
But done RIGHT... this could look a bit campy, light, yet fun (sort of like Hanc*ck before the introduction of Samson's, Delilah storyline that leads to his downfall... ugh!).
@oklahomaer - I'm not usually a fan of these 'loyalty cameos' in movies (Starsky & Hutch. Shatner in the next Star Trek... possibly, etc.). But I agree here. It would be great to see William via a cameo here. He's earned it. I'd like to see Robert Culp as well (on his 5th wife... way to go Bob!). I see he played his Bill Maxwell character on Robot Chicken. He and William were magic together in this series.
Mudderswrites: on October 19th, 2009 at 1:00:14 AM
last time i heard about this ALL the cast were getting cameos in it...and Owen Wilson was gonna be asked(but that was like a year ago)...i think Cannell even said he thought Brad Pitt would be good for it.
i really hope they make this and as long as the script stays true to the show itself,i think it will be a winner,i know ill be there!