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Disney Remaking Flight of the Navigator

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | May 26, 2009 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | May 26, 2009 |

I’m not sure if this is a punishable sin or not, but I’ve never actually seen Flight of the Navigator. I’m sure if I had seen it, however, that if I saw it again today, it wouldn’t hold up well. But if I had seen it in 1986 and had not seen it since, I bet I’d be 17 kinds of pissed to learn that Disney was remaking it.

But I didn’t. And I’m not. I’m mostly indifferent, though I know that the remake probably won’t be any better than watching the original today. Brad Copeland, who wrote Wild Hogs is attached to write the script. He also wrote eps of “Arrested Development” and “My Name is Earl,” though that doesn’t excuse his work on Wild Hogs.

For the curious, Flight of the Navigator was a sci-fi flick back in 1986 about a 12-year-old boy who was abducted by an alien spaceship — because of the physics of faster-than-light space travel, he returns a few hours later, but everyone on Earth has aged 8 years. The boy finds living in this new time unbearable, so he — with the assistance of a robot voiced by Pee Wee Herman — attempts to travel back to his own year, 1978.

The movie was mostly ignored when it was released (it grossed only $18 million), but managed to obtain a big cult following. It was also the first 35 mm film to use environment mapping, for whatever that’s worth. I just hope they can do better than a spaceship that looks like an aluminum clam. And if the trailer is any indication (is that a Huey Lewis song?), I don’t think the remake can be worse than the original:

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