The Rocketeer Will Return in a New Disney+ Film


The jet pack-wearing hero of 1991's The Rocketeer in flight.

The Rocketeer is making his return.
Photograph: Disney

Followers of Joe Johnston’s 1991 Disney movie The Rocketeer have been ready 30 years for this information: a brand new, live-action Rocketeer movie is formally within the works. It’s known as The Return of the Rockeeter and it’s being developed for Disney+.

Based on Deadline, David Oyelowo (Selma, Star Wars Rebels) is among the many producers and will star within the venture, which “may have an all-new inventive directive … specializing in a retired Tuskegee airman who takes up the mantle of the Rocketeer.” That appears like a reboot-sequel when you ask me.

Ed Ricourt (Now You See Me, Wayward Pines) wrote the screenplay which is being produced beneath the banner Yoruba Saxon, an organization run by David and Jessica Oyelowo. It signed a first-look take care of Disney earlier this summer season after David Oyelowo’s directorial debut, The Water Man, was launched.

The Rockeeter initially starred Invoice Campbell as a stunt pilot named Cliff who occurs upon an experimental jet pack within the late Nineteen Thirties. A jet pack {that a} group of Nazis are additionally after, as they imagine it’ll assist them take over the world. And so the movie turns into a really thrilling, interval superhero movie with Cliff ultimately defeating the Nazis. It co-starred Jennifer Connelly, Alan Arkin, Timothy Dalton, and Paul Sorvino, and is on Disney+ now. If you happen to haven’t seen it, or haven’t seen it shortly, it’s nonetheless really glorious.

Watching it even now, the movie seems like a franchise starter. So Disney was certainly disenchanted when, upon launch, it didn’t gross even $50 million within the U.S. Since then, the movie has all the time has a really passionate legion of followers, a lot of whom are filmmakers and actors themselves, so there have been blips or rumors of Rocketeer initiatives over time (there was even a short-lived animated youngsters sequence). This one, nevertheless, is by far probably the most promising one but, and followers have Disney+ and the Oyelowos to thank.

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