Disney’s ‘The Rocketeer’ Will Get A Reboot With An Exciting Twist

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The Rocketeer wasn’t a hit when it was released in 1991. Director Joe Johnston’s sophomore film and his long-time passion project, before he went on to make other studio ventures like Jumanji, Jurassic Park III and Captain America: The First Avenger, was met with mixed reviews and it barely made back its budget. It was considered a disappointment for Disney at the time, but over the years, the film has rightfully earned a cult following. In the age of on-screen superheroes we live in today, this period piece was perhaps a little ahead of its time. But for that very reason, the studio is hoping to give it a second shot. Disney will reboot the 25-year-old unforgotten blockbuster, it was announced this morning. But here’s where things get interesting.

It’s still in the early stages, but it’ll be called The Rocketeers and it will be penned by Max Winkler, son of Henry Winkler and the writer/director behind the under-seen Ceremony, and Matt Spicer. It’s considered more a sequel-reboot than a straight remake, which might earn comparisons to TRON: Legacy in its approach. Hopefully it works out better than that one did, both financially and in terms of quality. But it very well could, because it has a very compelling and a very promising twist: it will be highlighted by a black female character.

Produced by Brigham Taylor (this year’s The Jungle Book), LA Clipper’s Blake Griffin (!) and Carolina Panthers’ Ryan Kalil (!!), it will take the Dave Stevens’ source material, an indie comic made as a loving homage to the serials of the ’30s and ’40s similar to Star Wars and Raiders of the Lost Ark, and provide a fresh spin on the material. It will still take place in the period setting, but it will be set six years after the legacy of the first Rocketeer and after the second has vanished while fighting the Nazis. This is where our young, African-American female pilot will take the mantle of the Rocketeer, who will attempt to stop a corrupt rocket scientist from stealing jetpack technology during the turning point of the Cold War.

This is certainly a surprising and completely unexpected turn for the new franchise, but one that offers a lot of promise and exciting possibilities. I’ll look forward to seeing what’s produced by Winkler, Spicer and their team. Hopefully, it’ll live up to the original, while also hopefully making something a little more financially profitable to boot.

Source: THR

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  • Bruce Norris

    Really? Is this the answer to everything now? Before you get started, I’m black.

    • Axxell

      I know; it’s like the token choice for “diversity” is changing the character’s race to black, or a woman…or both.

      And yes, I’m black too.

      • JMMagwood

        As am I, and if they actually make this about a black woman during WW2, I’ll never see it. That’s pandering and political correctness at a level that just shouldn’t be tolerated, at least not in America, anyway.

        Maybe there’s a chance if the character finds the gear in the 21st century, and finds that it still works, and adventure ensues, I’ll give it a chance. Otherwise, pass.

        • Marquis de Sade

          Awww c’mon bruh, haven’t you heard of Bessie Coleman, Willa Brown or Janet Bragg? – They were all CERTIFIED PILOTS who were (gasp!) SISTAS…and not only that, they accomplished this during the JIM CROW/WW2 era.

          • JMMagwood

            I know who they are, especially Coleman. If you think that Disney will give a reasonably accurate portrayal of what black women went through to accomplish much in that era, much less as a costumed hero, you’re kidding yourself. What is that even like??? I hate the pc-ing of past eras. It’s disrespectful to people who lived through those times. If it’s in the modern era, I’m fine with it, otherwise, I’m out.

            I can see the crappy scene now, where she saves the day, and a crowd of white people surround her, and then, she valiantly takes off her helmet, to reveal a woman of color! Then, the crowd looks uncertain… and then they accept her! Cheers all around!!! Yeah, right.

          • Marquis de Sade

            How is it pandering when the movie is fantasy? – Are you implying that (even) in a fictional setting, non-whites and women must still adhere to the same sexist/racist limitations as set forth by our yesterday year’s and today’s reality???
            …and btw, why are you and others so ready to accept the notion of white male superiority (even in a SCIENCE/FANTASY movie)?

          • JMMagwood

            Who said any of that? Stop filling in blanks with your own assumptions. I knew too many good black women and men from that era (my parents, grandparents, and aunts and uncles) who persevered through those years, many who were brilliant beyond description, and would have had few limits were they not black. I think black Americans of the slavery period through the Civil Rights movement are sacrosanct.

            Would I want to see a movie about black women from that era who were pilots or other heroic endeavors? Absolutely. Do I want to see a pandering, Disneyfied hunk of schlock about an unrealistic character from that period? No thanks. As I said, if it were from this period, I’d welcome it, assuming it’s of reasonable quality. Sorry, but I don’t need to see any more “Django Unchained.”

          • SAMURAI36

            Someone please tell that idiot, that none of the women he named were in the military. Please?

        • SAMURAI36

          I absolutely agree. I despise how free-handed Hollywood has become, as it pertains to history, & especially Black people’s place in it. They’ve become the ultimate historical revisionists. Makes me wonder who stands to gain something from this. Cuz it d&mn ain’t Black folks.

          • JMMagwood

            You get it, Sam.

        • You shouldn’t feel comfortable openly expressing racist opinions. Also, you shouldn’t have racist opinions.

          • JMMagwood

            You’re a complete, and utterly contemptible fool.

          • The guy who doesn’t want to see a movie because it stars a black woman as a heroine is much more foolish than someone who’s open to stars of any race.

      • Marquis de Sade

        Google “THE FIRST BLACK FEMALE PILOTS”…you’ll be surprised.

  • phnxgrl

    A Black Female in the era after the WWII war? Are these people for real?

    • Marquis de Sade

      BESSIE COLEMAN, WILLA BRAGG and JANET BRAGG.

      • phnxgrl

        Any in the technical area?

      • phnxgrl

        Ok there were a few but I see by the time of the Rocketeer they would be either dead or in their fifties. I think it would have been better to take a tested Airmen from the Tuskegee lineage.

  • Chris Schroeder

    at least a black male would make sense, make him one of the Tuskegee Airman.. but this?

    • Marquis de Sade

      BESSIE COLEMAN, WILLA BRAGG and JANET BRAGG. Google them.

  • UnBoxingJon

    I’m more worried about the lack of Nazis.

  • unpaidpundit

    Will this film highlight any black culture? What does a rich Jew like Max Winkler know about the African-American experience? This will probably be a case of color blind casting in which the actor is playing a role that was essentially written from the white point of view. If this film has anything to say about being black, it will probably show the hero as being oppressed and victimized, the default portrayal of black people in Hollywood.

  • I came expecting racist reactions and I was not disappointed. I mean, I am disappointed. But hey, this place is predictable. :-

    • Marquis de Sade

      Yeah, you’d think some of these naysayers would use Google before hittin’ “POST AS”, huh?

      • That’s the huge difference between Heroic Hollywood and BMD (besides the quality of the writing). This place seems to attract the worst sort of fans. But I can’t give it up because they cover superhero news more than other places I’m familiar with.

  • SAMURAI36

    I came expecting a goofy looking white boy to throw around the word “racist”, like he even knows what the word means, despite the fact that he is the living, breathing definition of it himself, & I was not disappointed. I mean, not disappointed at all. More like, mildly amused. Bit hey, he is a clueless clown. :-

    • JMMagwood

      Preach.