Seth Rogen, along with childhood friend and collaborator Evan Goldberg, will executive produce a reboot of the popular ’90s reality show American Gladiators in conjunction with the series’ original producer, John Ferraro.
Originally airing from 1989 to 1996, the program consisted of a series of physical challenges for contestants to test their strength, agility, and stamina, but differed from current shows like American Ninja Warrior in that they also had to fight an array of celebrity sports icons.
Take a look:
— Deadline Hollywood (@DEADLINE) August 7, 2018
The 36-year-old writer, director, and funnyman clarified his intentions with one tweet:
When you love something, you just want more of it. https://t.co/pxpHjfnRO3
— Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) August 7, 2018
Commenters had a lot of requests:
My uncle won a bunch of episodes back in ‘94. Please bring him out of retirement.
He also told me Tower was a real good dude so that’s nice to know.
— Brooks Wheelan (@brookswheelan) August 7, 2018
please just make it 22 minutes of people dodging the tennis ball machine gun
— rob hoffman (@Rob_Hoffman) August 7, 2018
Bring back the old-school gladiator names!!!
— elan gale (@theyearofelan) August 7, 2018
@Sethrogen if you don't make yourself a gladiator named Blazer than what's the point
— Spurslife– (@SonnySensation) August 7, 2018
Bring back Jimmy Neutron
— SALIM (@011011101011010) August 7, 2018
The American Gladiators official Twitter account expressed enthusiasm for Rogen’s venture:
Can’t get enough of “The Joust” pic.twitter.com/m8ElB8sQNC
— American Gladiators (@gladiators) August 7, 2018
Comedian and actor Ron Funches had a request:
If you don’t bring back Wesley 2 Scoops Berry I’m gonna be so mad. I don’t care if he robbed a bank.
— Ronald Funches (@RonFunches) August 7, 2018
And threw his hat in the ring to be the new announcer:
I'm preemptively boycotting this show until Ron Funches is the announcer
— Duo Dab (@zacdacdoc) August 7, 2018
Actor and comedian Paul Sheer was also stoked about the news:
— Paul Scheer (@paulscheer) August 7, 2018
Some ex-gladiators are ready to sign up for the reboot:
Well I think you should bring back gladiator inferno pic.twitter.com/jCXuyFLZsC
— Jemma Palmer (@Jemmapalmer) August 8, 2018
The show did have a previous reboot in 2008 with Laila Ali and Hulk Hogan, but ultimately proved unsuccessful, lasting for only two seasons.
This comment from YouTube offers some insight as to why:
If you’ve never seen the show, or you just want to get psyched for the reboot, check out this full episode of the show from 1996.