1980s icon Max Headroom has long been making a comeback.
According to Deadline, AMC is now developing the Max Headroom drama, with Matt Frewer reprising the role of the world’s first “artificial intelligence” TV personality.
The new Max Headroom series is being written by Halt and Catch Fire writer Christopher Cantwell, who will also serve as showrunner. This seems like a particularly good choice, considering that the show was about the computer revolution of the ’80s. Elijah Wood and Daniel Noah’s Spectervision and All3Media will produce the project.
The character first appeared in the 1985 British cyberpunk film, Max Headroom: 20 Minutes in the Future, but went on to host The Max Headroom Show, where he played the music video amid lewd commentary and hilarious visual glitches. selected.
Of course, Max was a smash hit, garnering quite a following. He has appeared in commercials for the new Coke as well as on the cover of Newsweek.
But he became an even bigger sensation when ABC produced Max Headroom—a drama that continued the story that was introduced in the earlier film. The show aired on ABC between 1987 and 1988 when the character’s popularity began to hit.
Although he’s remained a cult figure over the years, often referenced in pop culture shows like BoJack Horseman and even Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD, he has featured in Selena Gomez’s music video, “Love You Like It”. A Love Song” also made a rare appearance.
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Max Headroom’s look is iconic, embodying the forward-thinking ’80s computer revolution, while remaining distinctively of the era.
Originally a satire of old television hosts, Max came along at the right time – his computer-generated style, heavy make-up and plastic suit created a very different kind of TV host that the youth of the ’80s went crazy about .
Although Frewer is best known for Max Headroom, he most recently played roles in Fear the Walking Dead and Orphan Black, and most notably as Moloch in Zack Snyder’s Watchmen.
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