According to Deadline, a 1980s legend is returning to television. Elijah Wood’s SpectreVision production firm is working up with AMC Networks on a Max Headroom drama series remake, which will include the sardonic “first artificial intelligence” ever seen. Halt and Catch Fire’s co-creator Christopher Cantwell will script the series, while Matt Frewer will resume his role as the main character. An artificial intelligence known as Max Headroom is marketed as “the first computer-generated television presenter.” Max Headroom: 20 Minutes into the Future, a 1985 British “cyberpunk” TV movie, introduced the character to the world.
Afterwards, he became a video jockey on The Max Headroom Show, which he hosted. He immediately became a pop culture hero in the United Kingdom and was prominently featured in New Coke advertisements. A new drama series based on the character’s narrative was produced by ABC, which brought the character to North America. Frewer’s look as Max Headroom has become legendary, thanks to the extensive use of cosmetics and theatrical costume that give him the appearance of being computer-created, all the way down to his plastic suit and prosthetics.
Most of his time was spent offering caustic comments on pop culture to attract a younger audience in a parody of the elder television hosts of the day. In spite of the fact that Frewer is most known for his role as Max Headroom, he has had a long acting career. His most recent performances include Perry Mason, Fear the Walking Dead and Orphan Black. Her most well-known work is Halt and Catch Fire, an AMC sitcom for which she co-created and co-showrun.
In addition to Lodge 49 and Paper Girls, he has created several additional high-profile productions. SpectreVision’s Wood and Daniel Noah are producing the show. “Genre-driven firm focused on psychological thrillers and horror films” is how their production company describes itself. Imagining how Max Headroom might fit into their wheelhouse isn’t hard to do, at all. Cooties and Mandy are two of the company’s previous films, but this is their first television series. In addition to executive producing the project, Cantwell and Frewer will also serve as showrunners. At this point, there are no more specifics concerning the relaunch.