Thursday, August 23, 2012

NEWS: Disney Eyes Rocketeer Reboot?

Is Disney planning a remake of 1991's The Rocketeer?

Based on the now defunct comic of the same name, The Rocketeer is a pulp action flick inspired by the Saturday morning cliffhanger serials of the 30s - chiefly, King of the Rocket Men. Much like the similarly-inspired Indiana Jones series, The Rocketeer blends Nazis, punch ups, snide villains and lantern-jawed heroes in a movie that's an unashamedly nostalgic, rip-roaring blast of fun.

Although the movie was a box office failure upon its release, it was directed by Joe Johnston, director of the also-a-bit-camp Captain America: The First Avenger and, as a result this once overlooked movie has been rediscovered by a new audience.

Now, according to The Vulture, Disney studio chief Alan Horn is eyeing the movie with a view to filming a reboot and has scheduled a number of writer meetings to discuss the approach they'd potentially take with this update. Sadly we don't have anything else to tell you right now but hopefully we'll hear more soon. In the meantime though, do yourself a favor and hunt down the original, as it's a great way to spend a couple of hours.

The Vulture: Disney's The Rocketeer Being Reloaded


  1. I would love to see another Rocketeer reboot. I think today's movie audience would be more accepting of it now than maybe in 1991.

    I hope this gets made, and I hope they keep the 1940s charm, instead of doing something like making it dark like The Shadow or Batman.

    Speaking of The Shadow, that's another movie I think should be redone!

    1. I watched The Rocketeer again just the other day for the first time in years and really enjoyed it. The plot is a little convoluted for its own good and it does jump around a little but the feel, look and overall aesthetic is really very good.

      Anybody who hasn't seen it should really check it out, as it's a fun superhero adventure flick with a twist.


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