Sifting through the leftover scraps of the '80s, DreamWorks finds The Fall Guy
If the 1980s were a coalmine, it would be on the verge of collapse—stripped of all its cultural deposits in order to sustain our modern-day music, films, and TV shows by a civilization dangerously reluctant to find alternative sources of creative energy. But as with our reliance on fossil fuels, we just keep digging anyway: Now that The A-Team has made its way to the big screen and been declared a success, sort of, we guess, several other action shows of the era are due to follow, including previously announced film updates of MacGyver and The Equalizer. Today the LA Times adds to that list The Fall Guy, ABC’s action-comedy-adventure about a Hollywood stuntman who moonlights as a bounty hunter and catches criminals, usually by jumping over them in his big-ass truck. The show ran from 1981 to 1986 and is remembered mainly for introducing Heather Thomas to the nation’s adolescent fantasies (saying, “Hey, this is my blond TV star friend Heather, the one who’s not Heather Locklear”).
DreamWorks and producer Walter Parkes are currently looking for a writer who can update the show for a modern audience that’s already inured to migraine-inducing stunts by decades of Michael Bay and Joe Carnahan films—although we’re guessing that even they know the script is inconsequential next to finding the right guy to follow in the footsteps of the charismatic, tough-as-leather Lee Majors and play the awesomely-'80s-named Colt Seavers. Or hell—Majors is only what, 71 years old? Maybe he could just step back into it and reclaim his rightful place from all the Jason Stathams and other would-be usurpers out there. (We’ve got to stop fantasizing about Lee Majors. Oh maybe just one more…)