Looking back at the early 90s, one of the films that I fondly remember wanting to see over and over again was The Rocketeer. The film about a stunt pilot (Billy Campbell) who stumbles across a rocket propelled jet pack and uses it to stop a top Nazi spy (Timothy Dalton) and save the girl (Jennifer Connelly) was just awesome to watch. But as time passed, the actor who played those characters got older and now that we are in 2012, asking for a sequel seems completely out of the question. So in a situation like this and in this day and age, it’s not so surprising to hear that a reboot might be in the works. Yes that dreaded word is rearing its ugly head again. But it might not be as bad as you might think.
According to Vulture, new Disney chief Alan Horn is more concerned about the older properties that Disney used to own than with the new ones like The Muppets or Marvel. Not to say that he will cast the latter two aside, it just looks like Horn wants to give Disney’s live-action department a much-needed recharge. But to start off with a film, like The Rocketeer, which did so poorly at the box office, is a bit questionable. Still the film has its fanbase, and that just may be the key to its success. Just imagine an older generation of fans (like myself) introducing the new Rocketeer to the newer generation.
Disney has not confirmed this news, but Vulture says their sources state that “the studio will soon be meeting with various writers to come up with a take” on a reboot. Although Joe Johnston directed the film (ironically he also directed Captain America: The First Avenger, another film set during America’s war against the Nazis), there is no word on if he will be brought in to direct or produce the reboot. If this movie happens, then my guess is that he will do the latter.
Honestly, do yourself a favor, if you’ve never seen The Rocketeer, definitely watch it, because its truly one of those fun action adventure popcorn flicks.
So what say you Rocketeer fans, do you like the idea of The Rocketeer being rebooted?