Is Disney Rebooting The Rocketeer?

I suppose it makes sense: According to Vulture rumor-slinger Claude Brodesser-Akner, Disney's new regime under Alan Horn is developing a remake of 1991's The Rocketeer — a box office disappointment that nevertheless built a cult following owing to its retro-futuristic vibe, Billy Campbell's irresistible hair, and Jennifer Connelly's Jennifer Connelly-ness.

The Rocketeer told the story of Cliff Secord, a square-jawed airplane pilot who battles Nazis with the help of a rocket jetpack in 1930s California. Audiences rejected it upon release, but the film won dedicated fans (myself included) in subsequent years.

The report, based on studio spy whispers, points out that such a reboot might be successful thanks to its similarities with Marvel's Iron Man properties — both were adapted from comics, both involve a hero in a supercool metal suit flying into action against baddies, etc. One way of updating the Rocketeer property could be to make it slick and high-tech and even more Iron Man-esque... though the idea of Disney courting such obvious parallels to Marvel's best-loved new Avengers superhero doesn't make much sense.

If Disney reboots The Rocketeer, I can't imagine fans of the original comics and the Joe Johnston-directed film would accept anything less than a faithful period setting, in keeping with the original story's spirit and sense for nostalgic idealism; good luck finding a Cliff Secord with hair as phenomenally perfect as 90s-era Campbell.

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On second thought, let me put this out there: Armie Hammer as Cliff. Jennifer Lawrence as Jenny. Michael Fassbender as Neville Sinclair. Discuss.

[Vulture]



Comments

  • Ryan says:

    Armie Hammer as Cliff. Jennifer Lawrence as Jenny. Michael Fassbender as Neville Sinclair

    That could work.
    I'm not familiar with Armie, but from the pics I've seen, he does have the hair for it.
    And Michael Fassbender could do Sinclair very well. Though, no one can outdo Timothy Dalton. He is, after all, Timothy Dalton.

  • Why bother? They already have Iron Man.

  • max says:

    Yeah, it should be a period piece like Captain America, but not so OTT with the steam-mecha stuff. Maybe the guy who invents the Rocketeer pack could be Tony Stark's father or something.

  • R. A. Cruz says:

    Count me in as a Rocketeer fan. And I agree it should stay as a period piece, I was one of the few who actually loved the film, including the Howard Hughes angle. Oh and in addition to Armie, Fassbinder and Jennifer Lawrence, please
    get Paul Sorvino to reprise his role as Eddie Valentine. That would be awesome.

  • Baco Noir says:

    Good casting, Jen. But I think I'll just watch the original film again. I only saw it once, many years ago, now you have me wanting to watch it again.

  • lynn says:

    I'm not familiar with Armie, but from the pics I've seen, he does have the hair for it.
    And Michael Fassbender could do Sinclair very well. Though, no one can outdo Timothy Dalton. He is, after all, Timothy Dalton.I am beautiful woman and I love good man…..inter racial romance is my dream… so I joined —blackwhitеPlanet.С0M—–it's where to- connect with beautiful and excellent people! And I agree it should stay as a period piece, I was one of the few who actually loved the film, including the Howard Hughes angle. Oh and in addition to Armie, Fassbinder and Jennifer Lawrence, please
    get Paul Sorvino to reprise his role as Eddie Valentine.

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