Reboot mania knows no bounds. Captain Power and the Soldiers of the Future, a Canadian-American series that existed for just one year and 22 episodes back in 1987 and '88, is getting re-envisioned as Phoenix Rising. Watch the show's first teaser, which definitely shows off its retro roots, above.
The original Captain Power broke boundaries with its merging of live-action and CGI. Original series co-creator Gary Goddard is back this time around, telling Deadline:
"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.”
Executive producer Roger Lay, Jr. told ComicBook.com way back in 2013 that technological advances give Phoenix Rising the chance to be "the original concept unleashed, actually." The show's official description goes like this:
"Fifteen years after humanity has lost a devastating war against an Artificial Intelligence called Overmind, Jonathan Power—the son of the man who caused that war—learns the truth about his father, and discovers a new type of battle armor that will enable a small, mismatched team of soldiers and civilians to fight back against the robotic armies of the New Order. The Phoenix Technology underlying the virtually impregnable new suits augment their wearers’ speed and strength, allowing humans to fight robotic soldiers on equal terms. But at what cost? The New Order’s goal is to create the next stage in human evolution: Transhumans, a blending of biology and technology that becomes something greater than its parts. But isn’t that what the Suits are? Have Jonathan and his team become the very thing they’ve sworn to fight? As Jonathan Power embarks on his hero’s journey to learn the whole truth about his father, himself, and his world, not all of his battles will be fought in the land, sea, and air. Power will come to learn that the hardest battles of all will be fought within the hearts and minds of his own soldiers and himself."
No word yet on a network or premiere date, but look for more news about the Captain Power reboot to emerge at San Diego Comic-Con.