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Rocketeer Remake

Disney has something in the works

By Robert T. Trate     August 22, 2012
Source: Movies.com

The Rocketeer was a Disney box office disappointment when the comic adaptation was released in 1991. Captain America director Joe Johnston helmed the tale about stunt pilot Cliff Secord who discovers a mysterious rocket that enables him to fly, becoming a hero in the process. Nazis, the FBI and Howard Hughes also get in on the act. After languishing in development hell over creative differences, the film won the hearts of many critics who cited it as one of the most faithful comic book retellings they had ever seen. Its spirit (recalling the popular series of the 1930s), imagination and heart didn't translate to revenue, however, due to cruddy marketing. Eventually it became lost in a sea of Terminator sequel buzz. Over the years fans have heard rumors of a reboot, but Disney didn't seem to want to take a chance on their jet-pack-powered lemon. Now, Vulture is reporting that the movie is up for a remake.

 

Disney will apparently be meeting with writers for pitches, which is an interesting twist for the studio that has focused on its cash cow properties like Marvel, The Muppets and Pixar. The Rocketeer has a strong fan base in subsequent years. Its earnest, pulp appeal and unlikely blend of whimsy and acting talent (Billy Campbell, Jennifer Connelly, Paul Sorvino, Alan Arkin and Jon Polita to name a few) isn't something we get to see a lot of these days — particularly when it comes to superhero stories. We'd like to think Disney would honor that in some way, but this could just be the start of another merchandising frenzy — a film primed for a set of sequels and other tie-ins. 

 

 

Who can channel the magic of the period adventure without turning into a mere Indiana Jones rip-off or hulking hero porn? What writers are you on your shortlist?

Thanks to xenomorph for the submission.

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Wiseguy 8/22/2012 4:40:47 PM

Love LOVE The Rocketeer. I really have a hard time seeing them duplicating that magic but then again the film wasn't exactly a big hit.

Maybe they can figure out how to intergrate the Rocketeer into the Marvel Universe. Maybe the jet pack belongs to Howard Stark and is stolen from Stark Ind.

Gotta admit I'm a  bit excited for this even if it is nervous excitement

Miner49er 8/22/2012 4:42:40 PM

Jennifer Connelly better start eating something to regain those curves.

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Chopsaki 8/22/2012 5:29:15 PM

If I was a conspiracy theorist I might think this is all an excuse to reuse all the sets, props & costumes from Captain America, good thing I'm not P. Wait is that a Hydra symbol I see in the background? I knew it!

monkeyfoot 8/22/2012 5:41:10 PM

Rocketeer is also one of my big loves. I was so disappointed when it wasn't successful enough for sequels. It's basic plot and set-up was different from the comics which was sort of a tribute to 30's era pulps. It implied that Doc Savage created the rocketpack and his girlfriend Jenny was called Betty and was a pin-up model like her namesake Bettie Page. But the whole Hollywood, Nazi, Hughes, Errol Flynn-type spy stuff was a brilliant adaptation to the screen. I'm not sure what other way to fit it to the movies. I wouldn't want them to do an exact remake of the first .

A good way to go would be to make it very steampunk. Or is it called dieselpunk for the 30s?

 

 

RodThunderBalls 8/22/2012 6:04:47 PM

mmmm, young Jennifer Connelly.

almostunbiased 8/22/2012 6:48:02 PM

LOVED this movie and yes Connelly was at her most HOTness at this point.  Fell in love with her for sure.  I thought this movie was done well and I'm not sure they could make it much better.  And no way they find a hotter girl.

millean 8/22/2012 7:08:24 PM

Yep, this was an awesome flick.  I'm all for seeing more of it, but I'm not holding my breath that it will be anywhere as good as the first film.

You want to know how I realized that Billy Campbell was a great actor?  When I was watching 4400 and was wondering who the douche was that was playing the antagonist in that series.  My jaw hit the floor when I looked it up on IMDB and realized that it was the freakin' ROCKETEER!  Anyone who produces that kind of reaction on both sides of the spectrum is a heck of an actor in my book.

And yes, Connelly was at her uber hotness in this flick.  :)

vitieddie 8/22/2012 7:37:09 PM

Somehow I missed the original but am all for this new movie ...

deathjim 8/22/2012 8:03:27 PM

Yeah Jennifer Cnnelly in this and Dark City

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