Disney Rumored to Have 'The Rocketeer' On Deck For Remake

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Disney Rumored to Have The Rocketeer On Deck For Remake

By Dustin Rowles | Trade News | August 24, 2012 | Comments ()


When Joe Johnson helmed Captain America: The First Avenger, he already had experience making a superhero movie based in the pre-WWII era. In 1991 he directed the Disney Studios backed movie The Rocketeer based on the 1982 graphic novel by the late Dave Stevens. The film was about prototype jetpack that fell into the hands of stunt pilot who used it to fight crime and Nazi spies. It starred Billy Campbell, Jennifer Connelly, Alan Arkin, Terry O'Quinn and Timothy Dalton. The movie was not the summer blockbuster Disney had hoped it to be. Consequently the two sequels they had initially planned to make were suspended. However it did in fact make a profit and that was with competition like Robin Hood: Price of Thieves, City Slickers and Terminator 2: Judgment Day to contend with. Its budget was $40 million and it made $46 million in the US box office with another $20 million in foreign markets. It went on to net another $23 million in video rentals and continues to make Disney money in home DVD sales. It has continued to have a devoted following even today. Since that time there has a persistent demand for either the sequels or even a reboot. But as of now it still has yet to happen.

Skip ahead 20 years. Despite the fact that Disney now owns Marvel Comics and all the media and marketing rights to virtually all of their characters, they have decided to take other properties they already own and make remake them. According to Vulture, rumored among the properties has been The Rocketeer, which they've pulled out of mothballs and started accepting pitch ideas for bringing it back to the screen. Part of the reason behind the renewed interest might be from IDW Publishing bringing back the character for comic publication. Another reason is that new studio head Alan Horn wants new project to renew Disney's brand as something other than a studio whose best success is distributing other people's work

Can a move about a man in helmet and jetpack with a red and gold costume not named Iron Man be the wisest of moves by Disney? Can the newer movie capture much of the same fun the first one did? Will it get the proper marketing strategy the first one never did? I cannot say. But in the meanwhile I do recommend watching the original movie. It a fun adventure and I personally feel it's aged nicely- old visual effects and all.

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  • TheOriginalMRod

    Didn't they just lose their ass on John Carter?

  • Palaeologos

    Terribly underrated film, but perhaps that's part of its charm. They should leave it well enough alone; if they want to update a film, why not dig up "The Black Hole"?

  • linnyloo

    I fucking loved the Rocketeer. My childhood, dude. Stop re-making my CHILDHOOD.

  • Bert_McGurt

    One positive thing is that even 20 years later, Jennifer Connelly could still probably play the love interest. That girl has aged WELL.

  • She might be hotter now.

  • Barbadoslim

    It wil fail, miserably. It will all start at the reconceptualization level by going for tweens that don't give two shits about rockets, and end with the casting when they cast actors from their cable operation.

  • Fredo

    No wait, hear me out: what if it was The Rocketeer as done by Pixar?

    You can still bring back Billy Campbell to voice Cliff without any "but Darren was shot in the back" jokes. You can bring Jennifer Connelly and Alan Arkin again and Terry O'Quinn and no one would make "Locke" jokes.

    A Pixar remake of The Rocketeer. I'm down with that.

    /now to pop the old DVD in.

  • scary biscuits

    "Since that time there has a persistent demand for either the sequels or even a reboot. But as of now it still has yet to happen." Really?! People have been calling for a reboot? Can you give me the names of these fools, please. I'd like them to meet my friend, Ms Slap UpSidethehead.

  • All I know is they better not change the helmet. If the dude doesn't look like the hood ornament on a '41 Desoto, then he's not the Rocketeer.

  • BobbFrapples

    Noooooo! The original has so much heart. I don't know if today's Disney is capable of recreating that.

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  • danielwcarlson

    No. No no no. No no no no no no no. No.

  • **I AM** NotTheOne

    This is made of NO. Entirely constructed of NO. Starring NO. Directed by NO.

  • Marc Host

    That is not nearly enough nos.

  • I don't know if today's Disney is capable of recreating that...Millionaire4Project.blogspot.com

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