Disney to Reboot ROCKETEER Because Why Not

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The 20th anniversary of Joe Johnston’s The Rocketeer was just last year, which must have alerted executives at Disney that it was time to remake the film.  We talked to Billy Campbell, star of the original film, last year and he said he was “too long in the tooth” to reprise his role.  While the 1991 film didn’t land a big enough box office draw to push for a sequel, now that parent studio Disney is under new management, The Rocketeer looks like it’s going to be one of the first properties up for a reboot.  Perhaps the success of a similarly suited metal man with rocket propulsion made this a no-brainer.  Hit the jump for more on this developing story.

billy-campbell-jennifer-connelly-the-rocketeer-image-1Vulture reports that Disney’s new studio chief, Alan Horn, isn’t satisfied with resting on his laurels and letting Marvel and Pixar properties run wild.  While I don’t particularly think there needs to be a reboot of The Rocketeer (it will remain a classic no matter what), I’m also curious to see how the Mouse House would handle it.  A good-hearted hero without Tony Stark’s billions of dollars or sarcastic, sometimes cynical, wit could be exactly what this generation needs in their idols.

For those of you who haven’t seen The Rocketeer, 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 fun, innocent, family-friendly film is itself a comicbook adaptation and featured early roles for Terry O’Quinn (Lost) and Jennifer Connelly (A Beautiful Mind).  We’ve posted the trailer below for your viewing pleasure.  Do yourself a favor and check it out if you haven’t!

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  • pj_campbell

    I’d rather see a sequel before we ever saw this rebooted, at least personally speaking. I think the original is one of the best comic book films ever made, and is one of my all time favorite movies. Johnston was interested in returning to the character, so I think they should definitely ask him to come back. That said, this could work if done correctly. You just have to make sure you get people who love and care about the property as much as Johnston and the others did. ‘The Rocketeer’ is one of the best comic series ever written, so I hope they do it justice, one way or another.

  • IllusionOfLife

    I too would really like to see a proper sequel for this rather than a reboot or remake. Do something akin to TRON: Legacy with the original actors reprising their roles while a new character takes up the helm of the Rocketeer.

    I was recently at Disney California Adventure, and in the new Fiddler, Fifer & Practical Café there is a subtle nod to The Rocketeer on one of the bulletin boards. At first I thought it may have just been a loving nod from an Imagineer, but it appears Disney is actually looking to raise interest in the property.

  • Armand

    Cant help but think the recent captain america film has something to do with it, it has so much in common with the rocketeer and its success must have renewed interest in the property

  • Bigfiction

    Sweet! Assuming they they work within the same time period and keep plenty of nazis, this is an awesome story to revisit. Off the wall maybe, but i would love to see Danny Boyle do this. I’ve wanted to see some more lighthanded movies from him since “A life less ordinary”.

  • King of the rocketmen

    LOVE the original. What a shame they sat around all these years without a sequel letting their original cast get too old for a proper sequel. Didn’t realize that agent guy was LOSTS John Lock, neither. Always loved that helmet design, hope they keep that, its perfect!

    I both like and hate the idea of a reboot and woulda preferred sequels, but, the cast is too old, not too old in looks as such, but to match their ages for continuity it would take them 20+ years out of the time setting of the first film. in the 1960s

    So yep, looks like a reboot is necessary! I think an animated series would be good too in that retro art-deco style like the poster. could be like Batman animated series with good writers.

  • King of the rocketmen

    LOVE the original. What a shame they sat around all these years without a sequel letting their original cast get too old for a proper sequel. Didn\’t realize that agent guy was LOSTS John Lock, neither. Always loved that helmet design, hope they keep that, its perfect!

    I both like and hate the idea of a reboot and woulda preferred sequels, but, the cast is too old, not too old in looks as such, but to match their ages for continuity it would take them 20+ years out of the time setting of the first film. in the 1960s

    So yep, looks like a reboot is necessary! I think an animated series would be good too in that retro art-deco style like the poster. could be like Batman animated series with good writers.

    • Grayden

      Terry o’quinn wasn’t an agent. He was Howard Hughes.

      Also, i need that poster.

  • Travis

    I love the Rocketeer! Definite potential for a new franchise. It’s basically Captain America meets Iron Man. I just hope they keep the same costume and time period. Or, they could set it a few years down the road, bring back Billy Campbell as a mentor to the new Rocketeer and connect it to the original like Tron:Legacy did.

    Another badass Disney property that’s ready to be revisited: Condorman. Find it and watch it.

    • CONDORMAN

      Hell yeah to CONDORMAAAAANNN!!!! Loved that film as a kid. ripe for a remake. Jim Carrey would be perfect!

  • Mike

    The original Rocketeer bored me to tears, granted I was a kid when I watched it but I didn’t find it exciting the way I did the Indiana Jones movies or even Batman ’89. I rewatched the film recently and I must say that I still find it boring and with a very uneven pace. If they remake it, they can only go up.

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  • Sugreev2001

    I approve this development !
    Loved Rocketeer growing up.

  • Jesus

    “A good-hearted hero without Tony Stark’s billions of dollars or sarcastic, sometimes cynical, wit could be exactly what this generation needs in their idols.”

    You mean…Captain America?

  • JR

    Why?………..why? how about a sequel?
    People can now expect – Zac Efron or “nonono Shia LaBeouf” as Cliff Seacord in the reboot…meh!

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  • DS

    I’d prefer a sequel, but I’m down either way. There aren’t enough good dieselpunk movies out there!

  • A

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  • HelloIAmAPimp

    Best Case Scenario…
    Chris Pine is Cliff Secord, Jennifer Lawrence is Jenny Blake, Jason Issacs is Neville St. Claire, and Giovanni Ribisi is Eddie Valentine. Written and Directed by Brad Bird.

  • steve c

    rocketeer was pitch perfect, doesnt need remade, and whoever replaces jennifer connolly, better have at least the same breast size !! fell in love with her when i first saw this flick, and later, in requiem for a dream.

    • ScaredForMovies

      It was the poster for Career Opportunities that did me in.

    • Number24

      Alison Brie, Kelli Gardner or Amanda Seyfried ?

  • terry

    Remake= Gouging the public for that 3D money.

  • Shaun

    Loved the original, but it really got the shaft back in 1991, so why not try again? A total reboot, if handled with the same care and love as the original, could be great but I’d be even more interested if they did a sequel set 20 years later and brought all the principal actors back!

    Or… Start from scratch and make it a PIXAR movie? Bring all the principals back as voice actors! Honestly, I think The Rocketeer would be a great fit for Pixar’s style. It would also help alleviate my impatience over waiting for The Incredibles 2.

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  • zack

    I was a kid when I first saw this movie and to be frank I was bored. The whole movie is still pretty vague for me while the only parts I can recall are the ones were Howard hughes was speaking to FBI agents about his resentment for the jetpack and the tidbit where there was a animated proganda that show what seem to be a full on scale attack with Nazi soldiers wearing jetpacks. I loved the game though, the one on the NES had catchy music unlike the film’s soundtrack that wasn’t as memorable. I loved the comics, I love the character as much as The Shadow but personally I’m all for the remake. Not all remakes/reboots are bad, just take a look at Nolan’s work on the Batman franchise.

  • zack

    I was a kid when I first saw this movie and to be frank I was bored. The whole movie is still pretty vague for me while the only parts I can recall are the ones were Howard hughes was speaking to FBI agents about his resentment for the jetpack and the tidbit where there was a animated proganda that show what seem to be a full on scale attack with Nazi soldiers wearing jetpacks. I loved the game though, the one on the NES had catchy music unlike the film\’s soundtrack that wasn\’t as memorable. I loved the comics, I love the character as much as The Shadow but personally I\’m all for the remake. Not all remakes/reboots are bad, just take a look at Nolan\’s work on the Batman franchise.

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