Given the current reboot and remake cycle permeating Hollywood, this news should come as no surprise: “The Rocketeer” is reportedly being eyed for a do over.
Vulture reports that Disney is putting the wheels in motion for a new adaptation of the “Rocketeer” comic books, previously brought to life on screen in 1991’s adventure film starring Billy Campbell and Jennifer Connelly. No writers, directors or actors are currently attached, according to the report, but the reboot is said to be “one of the first priorities” for the new Disney regime led by Alan Horn.
Created by writer-artist Dave Stevens in 1982 as a throwback to serial heroes of the 1930s and 1940s, “The Rocketeer” centers on Cliff Secord, a stunt pilot who comes into possession of a powerful jet pack. With the pack in tow and a big honking metal helmet on his head, Secord takes to the skies to fight crime as the Rocketeer.
The original movie, directed by “Captain America: The First Avenger” filmmaker Joe Johnston, crashed and burned at the box office in 1991 despite strong reviews from critics. The film carved out a place for itself as a cult classic in the years that followed, but a successful reboot — and I mean “successful” both in terms of capturing the same creative spirit driving the first movie, as well as in netting a bigger profit than the original flop — is as far from a sure thing as it gets.
Indeed, the very existence of a “Rocketeer” reboot is, for now, just a rumor. We’ll keep you posted as we hear more.
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