It was way back in 2009 when we first heard that a remake of the 1986 family-friendly sci-fi flick Flight of the Navigator was being developed at Walt Disney.
At that point, Wild Hogs writer Brad Copeland was working on the screenplay, but if the three-and-a-half-years since have indicated anything, it’s that that attempt did not go so well.
Now comes word that Safety Not Guaranteed director Colin Trevorrow and writer Derek Connolly will team up to rewrite the Flight of the Navigator remake, with Trevorrow possibly directing as well.
If the name Colin Trevorrow sounds familiar and you’ve not yet seen Safety Not Guaranteed, it’s because he was recently rumored to be one of the directors being looked at for Disney’s Star Wars Episode VII. A director has yet to be chosen for that project, but it appears that the company has other plans for the young director.
Connolly spoke of the announcement, saying:
“Flight of the Navigator wasn’t a seminal movie of my childhood but I remember liking it, and the original meant a lot to Colin as a kid, so it’s really his baby. It’ll be good to have some balance so it’s not two fanboys writing the movie.”
For those unfamiliar with the original, it followed a 12-year-old boy in 1978 who has an accident and is knocked unconscious. When he awakens, he heads home, only to find that it’s now inexplicably the year 1986, and his family no longer lives there. He later discovers that he had been taken by an alien space ship for studying, an alien space ship that he will soon be reuniting with.
The original starred Joey Cramer, Paul Reubens, and Sarah Jessica Parker, and featured some incredible special effects work for the time, including some of the first computer-generated imagery.
Who do you want to see star in a Flight of the Navigator remake?