Walt Disney Studios is continuing its reboot spree with the classic 1991 action adventure film “The Rocketeer.” According to The Hollywood Reporter, the project is titled “The Rocketeers” and is in the early stages of development. It will be written by Max Winkler and Matt Spicer and is considered more of a sequel-reboot with a modern-day twist, toplined by a black female character.
The film will keep the story in a period setting and offer a fresh view on the characters. Set six years after the original “Rocketeer” and after Secord has vanished while fighting the Nazis, an unlikely new hero emerges: a young African–American female pilot, who takes up the mantle of Rocketeer in an attempt to stop an ambitious and corrupt rocket scientist from stealing jet-pack technology in what could prove to be a turning point in the Cold War.
The original picture was based on the popular 1980s indie comic by Dave Stevens and starred Billy Campbell as a young pilot who stumbles onto a prototype jetpack that allows him to become a high flying masked hero. Jennifer Connelly and Alan Arkin co-starred. While the film didn’t achieve box office success, overtime it has become a beloved Disney classic.
Brigham Taylor is producing the reboot with Blake Griffin of the L.A. Clippers and Ryan Kalil of the Carolina Panthers. Tendo Nagenda and Chaz Salembier are overseeing the project for Disney.
No release date has been announced.