Disney gets its own ‘American Hero’

Scribe Hernandez to adapt TV skein

This article was corrected on June 4, 2002.

Look out Spidey. Disney has hired Paul Hernandez to adapt the early 1980s TV skein about an Everyman superhero, “The Greatest American Hero,” for the bigscreen.

Story concerns a nebbishy teacher who becomes a reluctant superhero after extraterrestrials give him a special suit with powers he can barely understand or control when he loses its instruction manual. Pic will reference the old skein, but in the update there is more than one suit floating around the world.

Hernandez won over producer Stephen J. Cannell by bringing the original “alien” suit worn by thesp William Katt on the 1981 skein to his pitch meeting. The scribe tracked it down by contacting the show’s original costume designer Judy Corbett, who sent it to him along with its patterns, which he’s framed.

Pic is being produced by Mitch Solomon, and supervised by Disney theatrical execs Luanne Brickhouse and by Doug Rosen of Stephen J. Cannell Prods.

Hernandez, now in his second year at Disney’s inhouse writing program, sold his reincarnation comedy “Instant Karma” to “Shrek” co-producers Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio while working as a production assistant on the DreamWorks lot. He’s also written “Sky High” for Disney and producer Andrew Gunn; that script is now out to directors.

Hernandez is repped by Endeavor and managed by Catch 23 Management. Cannell is repped by Writers & Artists Agency.