AICN EXCLUSIVE!! The Awesome CAPTAIN POWER AND THE SOLDIERS OF THE FUTURE Will Return As A New Series Called PHOENIX RISING!! Official Details, Promo/Anounce Video, Title Treatment, And More!!
One of the coolest elements about this job is the joy of discovery, and never knowing how something one writes will be perceived...or resonate. This story encompasses both qualities.
For example: back in April, I posted a piece about amusement maestro / MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE director Gary Goddard’s now-defunct plan to construct a life-sized Starship Enterprise in Las Vegas (details HERE). In that article, I mentioned that Goddard was a creator of/driving force on the1980s TV series CAPTAIN POWER AND THE SOLDIERS OF THE FUTURE. I’d always kinda assumed CAPTAIN POWER was a ‘Glen’ thing, and that no one out there would either remember it - or gave a shit about it. Both of these assumptions were wrong. Very wrong.
Multiple enthusiastic Talkbacks and numerous reflective e-mails later, it became very evident to me that CAPTAIN POWER was not forgotten. In fact, it was still very much remembered...warmly so, in fact, by a great many people. And a few weeks after I posted that article, I learned that not only was CAPTAIN POWER fondly remembered...it was coming back. As a show called PHOENIX RISING!
Seems the folks over at Goddard Film Group have been working on a new iteration of CAPTAIN POWER for some time. There are a number of currently-in-motion factors and details which can’t be released at this time (like which networks are involved with the project, etc.) - but the folks over at Goddard have provided this short...yet official and formal...announcement to Aint It Cool News to get the ball rolling.
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...
So...CAPTAIN POWER AND THE SOLDIER OF THE FUTURE...now called PHOENIX RISING and presented as a weekly, one hour drama. This...is fascinating.
For those who don’t fully remember CAPTAIN POWER, it was a television series which ran for one season back back in 1987-88. Set in a ravaged, post ‘Metal War’ future, the show followed Captain Jonathan Power and his squad of high-tech commandos as they battled humanity’s subjugation by cybernetic devices and organisms.
While expressly positioned as a children’s series (the show was structured to directly interact with a companion toy line - a gag which often didn’t work out so well), CAPTAIN POWER gained quite a bit of attention and respect for being a surprisingly mature, unexpectedly gritty tale of struggle, combat, and sacrifice illustrating mankind’s efforts to hold the line against technologically daunting adversaries. The show is often credited with assembling the super-team of John Copeland, Douglas Netter, and J. Michael Straczynksi - the guys who would, a few years later, bring us the groundbreaking, frequently wondrous BABYLON 5.
I’ve always felt CAPTAIN POWER was a concept...a universe...far grander and bolder than its toy-tie-in, 22 minute-an-episode format allowed writers and show makers to explore. As much as I enjoyed the series, and I very much enjoyed it, CP always felt like it suffered from an identity crisis. As if it knew it could be something greater, and was constantly resisting its constraints. I’m hoping this more adult, hour long, dramatic format will allow Goddard, Lay, and the Reeves-Stevens the freedom and breadth to not necessarily change CAPTAIN POWER, but more fully realize it. Which is, excitingly enough, what this hot-off-the-presses PHOENIX RISING promo video from the Goddard folk strongly implies...
The potential for hard-hitting badassity here...is pretty damn high. I’m very much looking forward to tracking this show, and seeing the POWERverse unfold once more in an embiggend and more fleshed out form.
A DVD set containing all episodes of the original series was issued not too long ago (and can be found HERE) , and an extensive CD featuring Gary Guttman’s score for the show is just now seeing the light of day (find it HERE). Both would be excellent ways to refresh your memory about this rather remarkable show, or to introduce yourself to it for the first time.
I’d be inclined to point out how symbolic this new title seems. But, as I mentioned before, now...perhaps more than ever before...it’s apparent that CAPTAIN POWER had never fully fallen into the ashes.
More to come as we learn more...
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Sept. 28, 2012, 6:17 a.m. CST
The eagle head looks to the east, meaning, we are going back to the old ways, and the rising sun of socialism, and six feathers for the planet Saturn. Love it.
Sept. 28, 2012, 6:23 a.m. CST
Sept. 28, 2012, 6:26 a.m. CST
I can't believe this. The 11 year old in me is pointing his XT7 at the TV and is very excited...and very frustrated.
Sept. 28, 2012, 6:31 a.m. CST
Sept. 28, 2012, 6:41 a.m. CST
Sept. 28, 2012, 6:46 a.m. CST
That is the question.
Sept. 28, 2012, 6:57 a.m. CST
Gotta love Tank, the Ah-nuld clone. Ha ha!!!
Sept. 28, 2012, 7:23 a.m. CST
A remake of this show could easily have fallen into POWER RANGERS territory, but it sounds like they're taking it seriously.
Sept. 28, 2012, 7:27 a.m. CST
It is my favorite show of all time!!! Not ashamed to admit I cried a little as a young boy when the show was cancelled, especially because of the ending cliff hanger that would never be resolved (the presumed death of a major character). I loved the fact that it didn't pander to children and put the heroes in true peril as opposed to cartoons like GI Joe and He-Man where the heroes never got a scratch on them. Still got all the toys and even ordered the soundtrack a month ago. Can't say enough about how this show has impacted on my life. POWER ON PEOPLE!!!!!
Sept. 28, 2012, 7:34 a.m. CST
HELL YEAH I fuckin LOVED Captain Power as a kid.. This is the type of property that should be revived/rebooted
Lord Dredd's gunship is one of yhe coolest toys ever... And the TV show was amazingly dark with some kickass production design.
Sept. 28, 2012, 7:35 a.m. CST
Sept. 28, 2012, 7:38 a.m. CST
Outside of Disney and a few early anime/japanimation imports the CAPTAIN POWER Training Tapes were the best animation a US/Canadian kid would have ever seen in the late 80s
I watched the training tape over and over for the animation.
Sept. 28, 2012, 8:15 a.m. CST
Sept. 28, 2012, 8:23 a.m. CST
by John Ary
Time to put some fresh batteries in my XT-7 jet.
Sept. 28, 2012, 9:49 a.m. CST
by Dingleberry Jones
Yeah, yeah, drama, awesome writing, etc. just tell me, am I going to be able to point a big-ass plastic spaceship at my TV and shoot it?
Sept. 28, 2012, 9:55 a.m. CST
I was 6 or 7 when that show was on. I didn't realize until I found some of the old videotapes later how heavy the show was, what it really dealt with, and how empty of an ending it was. Sven-Ole Thorsen FTW.
Sept. 28, 2012, 10:21 a.m. CST
Watched it as a kid - silliest trash ever but entertaining. Wonder if it still would be today.
Sept. 28, 2012, 10:45 a.m. CST
Jesus. I know being an adult is unpleasant but this endless retreat into childhood is pathetic.
Sept. 28, 2012, 10:55 a.m. CST
Jesus. I know being an adult is unpleasant but this endless retreat into childhood is pathetic.
Sept. 28, 2012, 11:07 a.m. CST
..should be put on hold until either remembering the show or viewing some episodes...cause fellas...that shit was dark and gritty to begin with.
Sept. 28, 2012, 11:22 a.m. CST
by Jason Rasmussen
As a kid I was a fan of the show and toys. The show treated it's audience with respect, intelligence, never talking down to them, and understanding we could handle and appreciate a more mature subject matter. Hopefully there will be some interactive elements like before with the toys & tv. Great title, great logo, I'm excited to see it back!
Sept. 28, 2012, 11:33 a.m. CST
I loved this game as a kid. I think I saw one or two episodes on TV but I feel like I was too young to see a consistent schedule.
I was 6 at the time this came out. I loved the noises at the beginning of the video and how (no matter how poorly you did) Captain Power always congratulated you on your flying, but he still had that melancholy line at the end.
Sept. 28, 2012, 11:57 a.m. CST
I remember Captain Powers Jet came with a VHS tape that interacted with that toy. The tape wasn't an episode of the series but rather, it was a stand alone "On rails" type of shooter reminiscent of something like Star Trek the Experience or Star Tours. Just think its weird that another toy line didnt pick that up.. And when they do have toys that interact with other media its something weirdly NOT interactive: As in "the kid playing with the toy" (like Skylanders) ((or IPets). Fuckin Strange Also , that Jet was the shiznit
Sept. 28, 2012, 11:57 a.m. CST
It was Terminator, Centurions, and Power Rangers (before they were really brought here..) all rolled into one. And Tank was actually in Conan the Barbarian, as well as being a close friend of Arnold.
Sept. 28, 2012, 12:04 p.m. CST
We who are about to die, salute you!
Sept. 28, 2012, 12:29 p.m. CST
by Bill C.
If for no other reason than to see how a fresh take on the Metal Wars would turn out with today's...sensibilities, let's say. Of course I'm also thinking "You could almost literally lift the cast of 'Legend of the Seeker' into this and nobody would mind..."
Sept. 28, 2012, 12:51 p.m. CST
Sept. 28, 2012, 5:32 p.m. CST
People made a big deal about the CGI in Captain Power... it is terrible and I even thought it looked pretty bad at the time. But what is really outstanding is the model/minitature work.
Sept. 28, 2012, 5:35 p.m. CST
Technology hadn't caught up to their imaginations? That statement alone gave me chills, and tells me that this could be something special.
Sept. 28, 2012, 6:15 p.m. CST
Do not remember much about the show though.
Sept. 28, 2012, 7:53 p.m. CST
OK now I watched the promo video... aside from general excitement about the project did anyone else feel envious/inspired by the married couple who are writing this?
Imagine that, man and woman fighting back-to-back against the world!
Sept. 28, 2012, 7:55 p.m. CST
If any 80s concept is ripe for a modern treatment, it's THE LAST STARFIGHTER. I'm on the verge of writing the damn screenplay myself....
Sept. 28, 2012, 10:27 p.m. CST
If I shoot at the screen with my Captain Power toy, will enemy spaceships blow up?
Sept. 28, 2012, 10:31 p.m. CST
La Fours, the mall security guard from Mallrats. Seriously, this is awesome I hope they don't screw it all to hell, I still have my copy of the show on BETA.
Sept. 28, 2012, 10:47 p.m. CST
I'm actually excited about this. Though, for me to really get into it, it has to be that kind of tone the first two seasons of Galactica had. It was serious, and it didn't sugarcoat. The names really need to be changed to. I mean, Captian Power? It sounds like a lame superhero that teenagers make with their magic rings. Pilot? I mean, come on. That shit shouldn't be allowed. Give them better names, take the shit seriously, and present us with a future war that doesn't insult our intelligence.
Sept. 29, 2012, 2:47 a.m. CST
.. so juvenile it was embarassing when I was 10 years old.
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