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The reboot machine is still in motion, and this time it's rocket-fueled. Disney is apparently planning to reboot their 1991 film 'The Rocketeer.' The original film took place in the 1930s and centered on pilot Cliff Secord who discovers a rocket pack in one of his planes. The rocket was stolen by gangsters from none other than Howard Hughes (played in the film by 'Lost's Terry O'Quinn). A Hollywood actor, and secret Nazi conspirator, pursues the rocket for his own sinister purposes. 'The Rocketeer' was based on a comic book by the late artist Dave Stevens, which was first printed by the now defunct Pacific Comics in 1982. According to reports, Disney will soon begin meeting with writers in order to flesh out a new concept for the character.
Gritting my teeth to trying and stay positive on this reboot, but 'The Rocketeer' is one of my favorite Disney movies live-action or otherwise. It's got such a great story and rich pulp texture bred of the era in which it was set. Timothy Dalton was a great villain, a take on classic actor Errol Flynn who was rumored to be a Nazi conspirator, Jennifer Connelly was drop-dead gorgeous as the romantic lead, and the action was energetic and wonderfully styled. While not a runaway financial success for Disney, the original film has developed a cult following over the years, which might explain why the studio is keen on revamping it for a new audience. I will say one advantage the reboot would enjoy at this time is that 'Captain America: The First Avenger' brought the period action movie back into mainstream popularity. Who directed 'Captain America' again? Oh right, Joe Johnston...the director of 'The Rocketeer.' I guess I'll resign myself that if the appropriate writer and director are chosen, there may be some spark left in this rocket.
What do you guys think? Should Disney reboot 'The Rocketeer?' If they do, who would you choose to direct? To star?