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In all likelihood, the events of this past week probably didn’t offer any more or less sadness and pain to be distributed among willing and unwilling recipients, a.k.a. all of us currently participating in the game of Life. It’s a strange, unsettling time to bear status as a citizen of the world, wherever it is in that world one happens to call home. But speaking as only one of billions buffeted about by the weirdness of a human condition in which terrorism has started to feel commonplace, and in which the policies of political campaigns are used as flimsy opportunities to stir fear, prejudice and an increasingly volatile mythology of helpless American victimization at the hands of hordes of murderous invaders, the sorrow contained in this past week crested perhaps a little higher than might have even been expected.
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- Dennis Cozzalio
Not long after the U.S. got involved in World War II, the Office Of Naval Intelligence struck a deal with the Jewish mob and the Italian crime families of New York to put the screws to the longshoremen’s unions and keep supply ships on the Northeastern seaboard safe from the presumed threat of Nazi saboteurs. The net results of this program were of questionable value, but that hasn’t stopped it from taking on a curious second life in the annals of World War II trivia, held up as proof that even the bad have their better angels.
Joe Johnston’s aw-shucks homage to adventure serials and American can-do, The Rocketeer, invoked the mafia-Navy story a quarter century ago. Now it returns, quoted like a parable of realpolitik, in Suicide Squad, writer-director David Ayer’s attempt to pry an assortment of B-list and C-list DC Comics villains out »
- Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that Walt Disney Studios has hired screenwriters Max Winkler and Matt Spicer to pen a script for a “sequel-reboot” to Joe Johnston’s cult 1991 action-adventure The Rocketeer.
The site reports that the new film – titled The Rocketeers – is currently in the early stages of development, but will be headlined by a black female character. It will keep the period setting as is “set six years after the original Rocketeer and after Cliff Secord has vanished while fighting the Nazis, an unlikely new hero emerges: a young African-American female pilot, who takes up the mantle of Rocketeer in an attempt to stop an ambitious and corrupt rocket scientist from stealing jet-pack technology in what could prove to be a turning point in the Cold War.”
- Gary Collinson
Between his time as an Oscar-winning special effects artist on Raiders of the Lost Ark and helming Captain America: The First Avenger, Joe Johnston worked on another action adventure release set during World War II featuring a hero fighting Nazi villains. That movie, The Rocketeer, wasn't nearly as successful as the other two, but it has developed a cult following. So, instead of merely remaking that 1991 graphic novel adaptation, as was previously the idea, Disney is actually planning a sequel. The catch is, according to The Hollywood Reporter, we won't be seeing Billy Campbell resume his role as the titular flying hero. The new movie will be set six years later and have a Cold War backdrop. The Rocketeer we saw in the original, Cliff Secord, is...
- Christopher Campbell
News that Disney intends to reboot The Rocketeer might have surprised many when it broke on Heat Vision this morning, but to longtime followers of the character, it's something that seems sensible, if not outright necessary. After all, more than most comic book heroes, the Rocketeer that was — 1930s pilot Cliff Secord — was personified by his creator, Dave Stevens. The character first appeared in the back pages of Starslayer, an independently produced comic book series from Southern California's Pacific Comics in 1982, running in the second and third issues before headlining the initial two issues of Pacific Presents
- Graeme McMillan
We’ve been seeing lots of reboots lately, and it doesn’t look like Hollywood has any intention of slowing down.
It was announced today that a reboot of Rocketeer, the comic book-based film from the eighties, is in the works from Disney. The original film starred Billy Campbell, Jennifer Connelly, and Alan Arkin, and follows a stunt pilot who discovers a rocket pack and ultimately uses it to fight bad guys.
Much of the plot is still under wraps and casting has yet to be announced, but we do know that there will be a black female lead, and it will follow her as she takes up where the old Rocketeer left off during the Cold War. It also has the slight title change of The Rocketeers. With Disney behind it, »
- Amanda Wood
“The Rocketeer,” the 1991 Disney period superhero film that starred Billy Campbell, is getting a reboot – with a twist. The original film was based on the character of the same name created by comic book artist and writer Dave Stevens.… Continue Reading → »
Disney is developing a reboot of The Rocketeer, to be headlined by a young African-American woman. Based on the graphic novel by Dave Stevens, the 1991 film version starred Bill Campbell as Cliff Secord, a pilot who comes into possession of an experimental jet pack in 1938 Los Angeles. Directed by Joe Johnston, the adventure was spirited and wholesome, featuring Jennifer Connelly as an aspiring actress (changed from her job as a nude, Betty Page-ish model in the source material), Alan Arkin as Cliff's mechanic mentor, and Timothy Dalton as Neville Sinclair, a swashbuckling actor (like Errol Flynn) who turns out to be a Nazi spy. The movie was affectionately nostalgic, wonderfully propulsive, included a variety of splendid old-fashioned action, and sadly, proved to be...
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Here’s a blast from the past. Disney is looking to bring The Rocketeer back to the big screen in what’s being termed a sequel-reboot (whatever that means), this according to The Hollywood Reporter. The publication has equally interesting news — the next iteration of the 1991 movie will feature a black female as the main character. For those unfamiliar with the original flick, it starred Billy Campbell as a stunt pilot who unearths a jetpack which he uses to fly around and fight Nazis. The movie also featured Jennifer Connelly and Timothy Dalton. It was based on the graphic novel of the same name. The Rocketeer underperformed at the box office and received mixed reviews from critics. On a production budget of an unadjusted $35 million, the movie made just $46 million. The film, according to an interview with Rocketeer creator Dave Stevens, was initially supposed to be part of a trilogy, »
- David Eckstein
In what can only be described as welcome news, Disney has announced its plans to re-launch The Rocketeer with a sequel intended to reboot the property as franchise material – with a black woman as the central hero. The original film was released in 1991 to lacklustre response in theatres – but found a devoted audience later as it settled in to the home entertainment market. The new movie will be titled The Rocketeers.
The Rocketeer is a comic book character, created in 1982 by Dave Stevens, and was designed to be an homage to the heroes of the 1930s and 1940s. His real name is Cliff Secord, and he is a stunt pilot who stumbles upon a strange but functional jet pack. In the original movie, set in 1938 and directed by Joe Johnston, he uses the jet pack to fight Nazis as the Second World War commences. Secord is played by Billy Campbell, »
- Sarah Myles
The superhero trend is showing no signs of slowing down, and even though Disney is already using its control of Marvel to drive a lot of that trend, the studio is still looking for another way to capitalize on the popularity of people in masks. To that end, it has cracked open the vaults and pulled out Joe Johnston’s comic book adaptation The Rocketeer, which Walt Disney Studios produced in 1991. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Disney has announced that it’s developing a “sequel-reboot” of that film that’ll be called The Rocketeers, and a young African-American woman (who hasn’t been cast yet) will be replacing Billy Campbell’s white guy from the original.
The first Rocketeer movie was a commercial flop, but Disney has been planning a reboot ever since it realized that the film had taken on cult status in the decades since. That movie ...
- Sam Barsanti
Disney's 1991 classic The Rocketeer is coming back to the big screen with a big twist. Walt Disney Pictures has put what is described as a "sequel-reboot" to the original movie in development, which will be called The Rocketeers and will be set six years after the events of the original, taking place at the outset of the Cold War. The title character will not be Cliff Secord from the original, with a new character taking over.
The original movie, based on the 1980s indie comic by Dave Stevens, followed Cliff Secord, played by Billy Campbell, a stunt pilot who discovers a rocket pack suit, as he goes on adventures that puts him in the crosshairs of monsters, Nazis and even industrialist Howard Hughes. The Hollywood Reporter reveals that Cliff Secord has disappeared while fighting the Nazis, which paves the way for a young African-American female pilot, who takes up the mantle of Rocketeer. »
Walt Disney Studios is continuing its reboot spree with the classic 1991 action adventure film “The Rocketeer.” According to The Hollywood Reporter, the project is titled “The Rocketeers” and is in the early stages of development. It will be written by Max Winkler and Matt Spicer and is considered more of a sequel-reboot with a modern-day twist, toplined by a black female character.
The film will keep the story in a period setting and offer a fresh view on the characters. Set six years after the original “Rocketeer” and after Secord has vanished while fighting the Nazis, an unlikely new hero emerges: a young African–American female pilot, who takes up the mantle of Rocketeer in an attempt to stop an ambitious and corrupt rocket scientist from stealing jet-pack technology in what could prove to be a turning point in the Cold War.
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- Liz Calvario
Disney is launching a rebooted version of “The Rocketeer” with the project in early development with an African-American female pilot as the lead.
Tentatively titled “The Rocketeers,” the studio is calling it a “sequel reboot.”
Max Winkler and Matthew Spicer are writing. Brigham Taylor (“The Jungle Book”) is producing along with Los Angeles Clippers star Blake Griffin and Ryan Kalil of the Carolina Panthers. Griffin and Kalil are producing through their Mortal Media banner.
Tendo Nagenda and Chaz Salembier are overseeing for Disney.
The story is set six years after the original Rocketeer, Cliff Secord, vanished while fighting the Nazis. An unlikely new hero emerges – a young African–American female pilot – who takes up the mantle of Rocketeer in an attempt to stop an ambitious and corrupt rocket scientist from stealing jetpack technology in what could prove to be a turning point in the Cold War.
The 1991 Touchstone-Disney film, based on a 1980s comic book, »
- Dave McNary
A new version of “The Rocketeer” is in the works at Walt Disney Studios, TheWrap has learned. In the very early development phase, filmmakers are seeking to cast a black female lead. The 1991 Touchstone-Disney film, based on a 1980s comic book, starred white actress Jennifer Connelly as the female lead. Also Read: 'Pete's Dragon' Review: Disney's High-Flying Remake Far Surpasses Original But in this new version, tentatively called “The Rocketeers,” the leading lady is no damsel in distress. Instead she takes over the mantel for Cliff Secord, who was last seen six years ago fighting Nazis. Billy Campbell played Cliff, »
- Meriah Doty
Walt Disney Studios has begun development of "The Rocketeers," a semi-sequel and semi-reboot of Joe Johnson's 1991 action adventure film "The Rocketeer". Max Winkler and Matt Spicer will pen the script which will be headlined by a black female character.
Based on the popular 1980s indie comic by Dave Stevens and a homage to the serials of the 1930s and 1940s, Billy Campbell starred in the original as Cliff Secord - a stunt pilot who discovers a rocket pack and becomes embroiled with mobsters and Nazis, as well as Howard Hughes and the FBI. Jennifer Connelly, Alan Arkin and Timothy Dalton also starred.
Brigham Taylor ("The Jungle Book"), Blake Griffin and Ryan Kalil will produce the new take which keeps the story in a period setting. Set six years after the original Rocketeer Cliff Secord has vanished, an unlikely new hero emerges - a young African–American female pilot, who »
- Garth Franklin
If you're like me, when you heard the name Joe Johnston was attached to Captain America: The First Avenger, you likely had a warm feeling of familiarity fill your gut. That film, after all, was being pegged as an adventure film during WWII -- a territory Johnston had visited before when he directed 1991's The Rocketeer. The Rocketeer carried all the classic "Tomorrowland"-esque visions of the future technology and spirit of high adventure that made it an irresistible film for me as a kid.
For those too young to remember (or those who skipped the film), it followed the character Cliff Secord who discovered a rocket pack, and becomes mixed up in a big scheme involving Nazis, the mob, Howard Hughes, and the FBI.
- Joseph Medina
A Rocketeer sequel/ reboot is on the way from Disney – will be titled The Rocketeers.
More on The Rocketeer sequel news below.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, who normally get it right being a trade paper and all, are reporting that The Rocketeer is getting a sequel! Or maybe a reboot – we can’t actually tell.
The trade says: “The new take keeps the story in a period setting and offers a fresh view on the characters. Set six years after the original Rocketeer and after Secord has vanished while fighting the Nazis, an unlikely new hero emerges: a young African–American female pilot, who takes up the mantle of Rocketeer in an attempt to stop an ambitious and corrupt rocket scientist from stealing jetpack technology in what could prove to be a turning point in the Cold War.”
The original movie, released all of the way back in 1991, starred Billy Campbell, »
- Paul Heath
When The Rocketeer was originally released in 1991, it was a box office flop. Now, over twenty years later, it’s clear that it was simply a few decades ahead of its time. Joe Johnston‘s film, an adaptation of Dave Stevens‘ comic book series of the same name, is earnest, adventurous, silly, and impossibly nerdy. It’s […]
The post Today in Good and Unexpected News: ‘The Rocketeer’ Sequel in the Works at Disney appeared first on /Film. »
- Jacob Hall
Ryan Lambie Jul 28, 2016
Much-loved 90s action adventure Rocketeer is getting the reboot treatment at Disney, a report suggests...
The Rocketeer wasn't a huge hit when it came out in 1991, but Joe Johnston's action adventure has gained a loyal and enthusiastic following in the 25 years since. The news we're about to share may therefore generatea mixed response: The Hollywood Reporter has broken the story that a reboot is in the works at Disney.
Reportedly taking place six years after the events of the original movie, the Rocketeer reboot will introduce a new central character - a black, female pilot who takes up the Rocketeer mantle when the original hero, Cliff Secord, goes mysteriously missing.
The new movie's being overseen by producer Brigham Taylor, whose Jungle Book live-action film, directed by Jon Favreau, proved to be a recent critical and financial hit. We don't yet know who'll director even star, since »
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