The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that Disney is developing a “sequel/reboot” to the original 1991 “The Rocketeer”, featuring a new young, African-American female protagonist.
According to THR, Max Winkler and Matt Spicer are writing the script for a new film titled “The Rocketeers”, which continues from the 1991 cult classic. In this new version, Cliff Secord, the original Rocketeer, has disappeared fighting the Nazis following the events of the first movie. This movie will supposedly pick up six years later, when a young female pilot becomes the new Rocketeer to prevent a diabolical scientist from turning the jetpack tech into a weapon during the Cold War.
Rumors of a new Rocketeer movie have circulated for several years, especially following the success of the “Iron Man” films. The original “Rocketeer” financially disappointed upon release, but since has become a major cult classic. There’s a dedicating following, which has led to the production of new Rocketeer merchandise as well as comics for the past couple years, following the small but iconic original run Dave Stevens did on the book in the 1980s.
Personally, I’m known by many as a massive Rocketeer fan, and I’m excited by the potential of this idea. I’ve always wanted to see a reboot of the original Rocketeer story done so well in the 1991 version, but creating a continuation that could honor and build on the original could be even better. So glad it’ll still be a period piece as well.
We’ll report more on this story as it develops. If you’re curious about the Rocketeer comic lore, or haven’t seen the classic and underrated 1991 film, check out the links below:
For the Original Film:
For The Original Books:
Rocketeer: The Complete Adventures
For The New Books:
Rocketeer Adventures, Volume 1
SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter
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