By Hannah Soo Park
And another “Star Wars” directing rumor bites the dust. Internet buzz placing Colin Trevorrow in the front-running to direct “Star Wars :Episode VII” have officially been put to rest, with the “Safety Not Guaranteed” director attached to another ’80s sci-fi favorite.
This past June, Trevorrow made comments about taking on a potential project with a “mythology that many people love.” But while many speculated that he was referring to the upcoming “Star Wars” installment, news broke (via Variety) that Trevorrow and screenwriter Derek Connolly are actually in talks to rewrite time-travel flick “Flight of the Navigator,” with the former in line to direct the film.
Directed by Randal Klesier, the 1986 version follows a 12-year-old boy who disappears from Earth without having aged a day—and it just happens to be that an alien spaceship has crashed nearby.
He may not have the burden of having to live up the standards of uber-devoted “Star Wars” fans, but that doesn’t mean Trevorrow isn’t up for a challenge—many who grew up in the ’80s see “Navigator” as a beloved childhood classic. And while the film “meant a lot to Colin as a kid,” Connolly says he doesn’t have the same sentimental ties. “It wasn’t a seminal movie of my childhood but I remember liking it,” he told Variety. “It’ll be good to have some balance so it’s not two fanboys writing the movie.”
But we’re not too worried about this one. With Trevorrow’s proven eye for quirky sci-fi and love for the original version, we’re pretty sure he’ll knock this one out of the park.