The cult-classic Disney film from 1991, The Rocketeer
will be reportedly remade to generate a profit for the Mouse House. Still, despite it never broke fifty million dollars at the US Box Office and never got the commercial success they plainly deserved, Disney Pictures is looking at a potential reboot.
The comic-book derived tale of a World War II-era, The Rocketeer was one of the last big budget effects films to use optical printing before we all moved into the digital realm. Therefore, it was treated for a Blu-ray release for its 20th birthday last year and the Blu-ray perfectly replicates the original look of this 1991 feature.
Directed by Joe Johnston and starring Billy Campbell, Jennifer Connelly and Timothy Dalton, the story follows pilot Cliff Secord (Campbell) who, with the help of his mechanic friend, Peevy (Alan Arkin) discovers a top-secret rocket backpack prototype. He uses it to become a masked flying man who fights Nazis and saves the girl in 1930s Los Angeles.
The 30s-set original has won a fair number of fans since, so Disney ‘will soon be meeting with various writers to come up with a take’.
New studio chief Alan Horn
(Cody Horn’s father) took over and apparently got excited about a remake.
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