Disney is rebooting its 1991 superhero flick THE ROCKETEER
THE ROCKETEER found a cult audience on home video
Disney’s on a remake/reboot roll. (See: CINDERELLA, THE JUNGLE BOOK, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, etc.) And instead of focusing just on the classics, the Mouse House is also taking on some of its lesser-known films, including 1991’s comic-book superhero flick THE ROCKETEER.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the new version will take place six years after the conclusion of the original and will feature an African-American donning the suit since the original Rocketeer disappeared while fighting Nazis.
Based on the popular 1980s comic by Dave Stevens — which paid tribute to the action serials of the ’30s — THE ROCKETEER was set in 1938 L.A. It was directed by Joe Johnston (HONEY, I SHRUNK THE KIDS; JUMANJI; CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER) and starred Billy Campbell, Jennifer Connelly, Alan Arkin, and Timothy Dalton.
Campbell played the titular hero, a stunt pilot with a jet pack that enabled him to fly. While it earned mixed reviews and middling box office (grossing less than $50 million), the film found a following on home media, making it ripe to be mined again. Check out the trailer below and buy the original here!