1980s Captain Power and Soldiers of the Future is now making a return with the original co-creator, Gary Goddard behind the reboot plan for this space drama which had 22 episodes. The series, Phoenix Rising and is now in development from Goddard’s Goddard Film Group and Thomas Vitale and Craig Engler’s Planet X Productions.
The Phoenix Rising’s pilot episode has been written by Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens, and their sci-fi cred includes TV’s Star Trek: Enterprise. They had created and written Primeval: New World.
The plan now is to raise a lot of awareness for the Phoenix Rising. Goddard Film Group partners, Eric Carnagey and are exec producing.
The original Captain Power had starred Tim Dunigan (Capt. Jonathan Power) and Peter MacNeill (Maj. Hawk Masterson) and had been set on Earth in 2147. It was the first series to actually incorporate CGI characters, and Mattel had interacted with the visuals featured in every episode.
It had aired in 200 domestic North American TV markets and 46 international territories between 1987-88.
The Phoenix Rising picks up 15 years after humanity lost a war against Overmind (an artificial intelligence). Jonathan Power, the son of the person who had caused this war soon learns the truth and even discovers a new battle armor which would enable a small team of soldiers and civilians in fighting the Bionic armies of the New Order.
Goddard had called the original Captain Power a landmark program “a sci-fi series that was ahead of its time.”
Vitale and Engler had added,
“As fans of both science fiction and the Captain Power series, we’re excited to help re-imagine this iconic TV show for today’s viewers. Although the surprisingly dark themes, serialized storytelling and shocking character deaths featured within the series were well ahead of their time in 1987, they’re exactly the kind of story elements a modern viewing audience craves.”