As part of the eternal quest to prove that nothing is sacred, AMC network is developing a Max Headroom series reboot with Matt Frewer returns to play the computer-generated TV host. Stop and Catch Fire co-creator Christopher Cantwell is writing and directing the film adaptation, produced by Elijah Wood and Daniel Noah’s SpectreVision and All3Media.
Max Headroom was first introduced in the 1985 British cyberpunk TV movie Max headroom: 20 minutes into the future. The Latchkey generation immediately warmed to him, reveling in his whip-smart observations, glitch-happy moves and deconstruction of societal norms. During the height of the character’s popularity, Max Headroom hosted a music video show, sold New Coke to Gen Xers, and starred in a primetime series, Max clearance, which aired on ABC for two seasons from 1987–88. Despite a dip in the character’s popularity at the end of the decade, Max Headroom remains a beloved cult figure in the mainstream entertainment system.
Now might be the perfect time for AMC Networks to put a Max Headroom series reboot into production. The 1980s have always been a popular era to revisit, but shows like Stranger Things and Paper girls giving Gen Z an excellent reason to reflect on a time when hair was big and neon was a fashion statement. The 80s were a fascinating time to be alive, and Max Headroom was as much a part of the era as Marty McFly, Beetlejuice and Freddy Krueger.
Did you grow up watching Max Headroom? What are your favorite plays or commercials starring the character? Did you know that the robot character Vinnie from Mel Brooks’ Space balls is loosely based on Max Headroom? If Frewer makes a Pizza the Hut reference in the reboot series, now you know why. In the comments below, let us know if you’re excited about the reboot of the Max Headroom series.