The legendary 1987 children’s TV series / toy tie-in Captain Power and the Soldiers of the Future is set to make its triumphant return to television, in the form of Phoenix Rising, an hour-long series aimed at adults.
Goddard Film Group, who also produced the original series, made the official announcement on Ain’t it Cool News.
Goddard Film Group’s producing team of Gary Goddard, Roger Lay Jr and Eric Carnagey are working with former Paramount Television Senior Executive Jeffrey Hayes, who was responsible for such television hits as STAR TREK THE NEXT GENERATION, FAMILY TIES, and CHEERS, to bring back Goddard’s Sci-fi Cult classic CAPTAIN POWER AND THE SOLDIERS OF THE FUTURE in the form of a weekly one-hour drama series titled PHOENIX RISING.
They have enlisted writers/producers Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens to develop this next evolution of the series. Recent television credits for the Reeves-Stevens include creating the new science-fiction drama series PRIMEVAL: NEW WORLD, the North American spin-off of the UK hit PRIMEVAL. They also served as writers/producers on STAR TREK: ENTERPRISE for Paramount and RACE TO MARS for Discovery. More details will be revealed soon…
The original Captain Power, which ran for one season in syndication, was built around a supposedly interactive toyline. Basically, there were a series of spaceships with gun handles and triggers on the bottom. You would point the ship at the screen and fire at the enemies (which would obviously have no effect) and the show would, in turn, transmit an IR signal back at the toy, which would register it as ‘damage.’ Get enough damage, and the pilot of the ship would be ejected from the cockpit. Whether or not the toys actually worked is a matter still debated today.
The show has gained something of a cult following, both from the nostalgia set, and those who consider it genuinely good; thanks to the involvement of Douglas Netter and J. Michael Straczynksi, who would later go on to create Babylon 5.
The writers of the new series, Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens, said that Phoenix Rising would take place at the inception of the Metal Wars; unlike Captain Power, which was set in its aftermath. They went on to say that all of the characters that made up the soldiers of the future would appear in the new series as well.
No word yet on which, if any, network has signed on, or when we may see the new series.