Report: DISNEY Developing ROCKETEER 'Sequel-Reboot'

The Rocketeer" poster
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Walt Disney Studios is developing a "sequel-reboot" of The Rocketeer as The Rocketeers, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Based on the original comic book series by Dave Stevens, the planned feature would be reportedly be set six years after the original 1991 film, with an African-American female pilot taking up the titular moniker.

"The new take keeps the story in a period setting and offers a fresh view on the characters," describes the Hollywood trade. "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."upc

The Jungle Book producer Brigham Taylor is producing this purported project, alongside the novel duo of NBA player Blake Griffin and NFL player Ryan Kalil. According to THR, Max Winkler and Matt Spicer have been hired to write the screenplay.

Originally released in 1991, The Rocketeer starred Billy Campbell and Jennifer Connelly, and was also produced by Disney. Although its poor theatrical performance led Disney to cancel its ambitious plans for sequels at the time, the film developed a cult audience upon its home video release. In 2011, Disney hosted a 20th Anniversary screening of the film at Hollywood's famed El Capitan Theatre. In 2012, reports circulated that Disney was mulling a nw Rocketeer film, with upcoming Aquaman director James Wan mentioned as a directorial candidate.

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