Disney hopes to reboot The Rocketeer

The Rocketeer

Is there room in Tinsel Town for a simple man strapped to a jet engine to prove himself a hero worthy to stand alongside Captain America, Iron Man, Thor and that Canadian fellow with the overgrown fingernails? Disney is certainly hoping so, as the House That Mickey Built is currently hoping to remake its 1991 action-adventure flick The Rocketeer.

According to Vulture, the movie to resurrect the cult hit film couldn’t come at a better time. Not only are comic book heroes a huge deal these days, but the film’s main character is actually highly reminiscent of the aforementioned Iron Man. Vulture explains:

… while the property was actually a flop at the time, its similarity to the current Disney-Marvel cash cow Iron Man is more than a little striking: In it, a racing pilot named Cliff Secord (Billy Campbell) discovers a rocket-pack prototype in his stunt plane, hidden there by the gangsters who stole it from Howard Hughes; Secord tries it out, and, like Tony Stark, quickly discovers that a) flying without a plane is SO cool, and b) you gotta fight the bad guys (including Timothy Dalton, who two years prior had starred as James Bond for the second time) and save the girl (a luminous Jennifer Connelly).

While we will grant Vulture those points — even if it seems like a bit of stretch — the key difference between The Rocketeer and Iron Man is that the former is a very esoteric character from lesser-known comic book publishers, while the latter is among the handful of most recognizable comic characters in the history of the medium. Then again, in Disney’s favor, Blade wasn’t exactly well-known before Guillermo del Toro made his films about that particular character and thanks to quality direction, a good script and a spot-on performance by Wesley Snipes, Marvel’s most famous vampire hunter is now actually famous in a meaningful, mainstream sense. The same could, theoretically, happen with The Rocketeer.

Vulture claims that this project is in the very early stages, with Disney having yet to meet writers for the potential film, so while things could change drastically prior to this thing hitting theaters, it should be interesting to see how it fares. Can any movie with a comic book link be a hit? Will viewers care about a hero who wasn’t originally dreamed up by Jack Kirby and/or Stan Lee?

For that matter, we wonder when Disney hopes to debut this thing. As far as we know the company is launching movies based on Marvel’s comic book characters every six months or so for at least the next three years, and we doubt Disney would want The Rocketeer remake to have to go head-to-head with Thor 2 or, even worse, the sequel to Joss Whedon’s The Avengers.

While we enjoyed the original Rocketeer for being a pulpy adventure tale very much in the style of its early 80s source material, we’re curious to see how it fits in our modern movie landscape. If nothing else, we’re hoping for a cameo from Timothy Dalton — that guy’s eyebrows were just made for supervillainy.

Movies & TV

He created comics, movies, and superheroes. But Stan Lee lived for joy

Stan Lee was a creator, a celebrity, an icon, and beneath it all, a real-life good guy with all the same human qualities that made his superheroes so relatable. And his greatest joy was sharing his creations with the world.
Movies & TV

Stan Lee has died: Marvel Comics icon and legendary creator dead at 95

Stan Lee, one of the world's most important and iconic comic-book authors, has died at the age of 95. Creator of some of the most famous and beloved superheroes and villains of all time, Lee leaves behind an indelible legacy.
Home Theater

The best movies on Netflix in November, from 'The Witch’ to ‘Dracula’

Save yourself from hours wasted scrolling through Netflix's massive library by checking out our picks for the streamer's best movies available right now, whether you're into explosive action, witty humor, or anything else.
Movies & TV

Cassian Andor series and 'Mandalorian' details expand Star Wars' future

Disney has sky-high expectations for its Star Wars universe, with plenty of plans for the franchise on the big screen and television over the next few years. Here are all the upcoming movies and TV shows, both rumored and confirmed.
Movies & TV

The ‘Toy Story 4’ teaser trailer is here to fork with your emotions

Disney released the first teaser trailer for its latest addition to the Toy Story franchise. The quick glimpse of what's to come shows all our favorite toys back in action, as well as a strange -- and seemingly unhinged -- new character.
Gaming

Everyone’s favorite Pokémon turns gumshoe in ‘Detective Pikachu’ trailer

The first Detective Pikachu trailer has arrived, and it looks like a video game movie could actually be good? Voiced by Ryan Reynolds, Pikachu is undeniably cute in what is shaping up to be a family-friendly buddy comedy.
Movies & TV

Star Wars series 'The Mandalorian' adds 'Deadpool' actress Gina Carano

The Mandalorian, Jon Favreau's live-action Star Wars series planned for Disney's streaming video service, will be one of the most expensive television shows ever made. Here's everything we know about it so far.
Movies & TV

Winter coming in spring? HBO reveals 'Game of Thrones' season 8 premiere date

With the eighth and final season looming, Game of Thrones fever has officially become a pandemic. Our list of all the relevant news and rumors will help make the wait more bearable, if you don't mind spoilers.
Movies & TV

One popular character won't be returning for 'John Wick 3: Parabellum'

The third installment of the wildly successful action series that stars Keanu Reeves as a deadly assassin forced out of retirement, John Wick 3: Parabellum, hits theaters in May 2019. Here's everything we know about the movie so far.
Home Theater

What is MHL, exactly, and how does it work with your TV?

There are more ways to mirror your smartphone or tablet to your TV than you might think. Check out our rundown of MHL for everything you need to know about the wired protocol and its myriad uses.
Music

The best movie soundtracks of all time, from 'Star Wars' to 'E.T.'

Whether you're a lover of beautifully composed original scores or a fan of perfectly compiled popular music, these are the best movie soundtracks of all time — from Star Wars to Garden State.
Home Theater

From the Roku Ultra to the Fire TV Cube, these are the best streaming devices

There are more options for media streamers than ever, so it’s more difficult to pick the best option. But that’s why we're here. Our curated list of the best streaming devices will get you online in no time.
Home Theater

Put your home theater to the test with these spectacular Blu-ray releases

What's the point of having all of that awesome home theater gear if you can't breed a little jealousy in your friends and family? We've put together this list of fantastic Blu-rays that have the goods to drop a few jaws.
Movies & TV

Is the end near for Pied Piper? ‘Silicon Valley’ season 6 delayed, might be the last

Season 6 of Silicon Valley might not premiere until 2020, as HBO has delayed production on the season until summer 2019 due to showrunner Alec Berg's work on another HBO series, Barry. Season 6 could be the final one for the show.