Disney Announces The Rocketeer Sequel-Reboot

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Disney Announces The Rocketeer Sequel-Reboot

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Disney is bringing back The Rocketeer in what is described as part reboot, part sequel.

Disney's 1991 cult classic The Rocketeer is getting a sequel, The Hollywood Reporter reports. The new film, called The Rocketeers, will be set six years after the original with a new protagonist, after Cliff Secord vanishes while fighting the Nazis. A new hero "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."

The script is being penned by Max Winkler and Matt Spicer, while Brigham Taylor (The Jungle Book) will be producing the film alongside Blake Griffin of the L.A. Clippers and Ryan Kalil of the Carolina Panthers.

According to THR, Disney began considering a reboot after the film's 20th anniversary screening in 2011. No cast has been announced yet, but THR reports that the story "will be headlined by a black female character."

[Source: The Hollywood Reporter]

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That last sentence sounds like the punchline to a joke mocking stuff like this.

"will be headlined by a black female character."

Of course it will *starts laughing* OF COURSE IT WILL.

Kreett:
"will be headlined by a black female character."

Of course it will *starts laughing* OF COURSE IT WILL.

Well it is <CURRENT YEAR>, it's about time. Rule 63 is very popular right now.

This movie was pretty cool when I was a kid. Reboot it, it never really spawned a bunch of huge fans I don't think.

Reads the last sentence:

So... do they want a fuckin' medal or something? I hope this doesn't create an uproar, I'm tired of giving the left bullshit to complain about and I'm tired of hearing them complain about anything. Just... keep your mouth shut and skip the movie if it bothers you.

I don't have any stake in this. My memory of The Rocketeer was that it was an enjoyable, but forgettable, film; its hero had all the depth and flavor of cardboard. Maybe they can build something better out of that foundation. With a good script and a capable actress, it's certainly possible.

Hopefully they won't have a parallel experience to that of Indiana Jones in moving the villain d'jour from Nazis to Communists.

I did have to laugh at a website reporting on the story referring to this as "colorblind" casting, though. That you approve of the choice doesn't mean you get to strip a term of its meaning; this is anything but colorblind.

Baresark:
This movie was pretty cool when I was a kid. Reboot it, it never really spawned a bunch of huge fans I don't think.

Reads the last sentence:

So... do they want a fuckin' medal or something? I hope this doesn't create an uproar, I'm tired of giving the left bullshit to complain about and I'm tired of hearing them complain about anything. Just... keep your mouth shut and skip the movie if it bothers you.

I groaned when I read they were making a reboot/sequel to the film. That last sentence simply makes me roll my eyes. Of course, I'm sure the usual suspects will claim that we all hate the idea of the film only because of the last sentence and not because it is yet another reboot/remake of a classic film.

Though, I am surprised that this one was a 90's film (released in '91) instead of an 80's film. I guess studious ran out of 80's films to pointlessly remake.

Seriously, stop remaking films! They were great at the time, but revisiting them adds nothing that we don't already have in the original.

But since we're remaking 90's films, now, what will be next? Forrest Gump? Pulp Fiction? Schindler's List?

How are they going to sell this to China if the bad guys are reds?

Hell. It's about time.

6 years after the original, the original being set during the height of World War 2. So... 1950ish then? Well, it won't be all bad. That was a pretty decent time for black people, and women. Oh wait.

3 words: Michonne with jetpack!
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And yes this is appropriate because it's Michonne....with a jetpack.
Anyone else find it a bit odd that the film doesn't have a script yet and Disney is already targeting demographics? Why not make something ya know, original for originality's sake? The House of Mouse, long may he reign, is certainly capable of this.

I liked the original, its one of those old movies that I saw as a kid and still kinda have a soft spot for. Lately Disney has been doing quite well with movies so I'm curious to see where this goes.

Am I the only one that feels Joe Johnston should get first swing at directing this?
He did the original Rocketeer and made much money for Disney/Marvel with the first Captain America film.

So we barely have a treatment for a sequel to a movie no one was really asking for, but we're putting a spotlight on our casting choice well before it's made.

Why am I afraid this movie will have the same lack of subtlety that plagued Agent Carter? Shame. Someone with tact might make it work.

Dammit! I didn't want to be spoiled about what the main lead of this movie would generally look like! You already had me at "new The Rocketeer movie"!! The rest could have been revealed during the first official trailer... or "teaser trailer", if you will...

Other than that, I await said trailer to this... uh... Sequel-boot? Re-sequal?? Bootqual???

On one hand: Fuck yeah, black female lead character. That means progress, right?
On the other hand: Jesus guys, did you have to go out of your way to decide on that idea just to look progressive?
I'm GLAD for it, don't get me wrong. After the gigantic clusterfuck that was the Ghostbusters reactions... did Hollywood do it again to look like "that progressive company that cares" or did they actually decide on this cause that was what they truly wanted to do creatively? I only ask cause this seems to be the most "in" thing right now

If they keep it as a sequel the new lead won't really bother me at all. Heck, it could potentially be pretty darned interesting having a black woman in 1950's America as a fully covered hero like that. Beloved in the costume, ignored or despised when out. Could make for a good bit of character drive if nothing else.

That bit of positiveness out of the way, I'm pretty sure the scraping in the barrel is Bedrock.

And declaration that anyone that doesn't want a reboot of yet another classic movie is called racist and/or sexist in 3...

No, but seriously, what is "part reboot, part sequel" supposed to even mean? Those things are really rather mutually exclusive.

I am going to hide in my bunker. I smell the tension brewing online.

WOMEN!! Dare I say never. NEVER!!

When is Hollywood gonna learn that WW2 is simply way better to make movies of than the Cold War? Why would you ever choose the Cold War unless it was a die-hard Spy movie?

I'll follow this but the setting change just reeks of missed opportunities. I'd sooner have a Crimson Skies movie, thanks very much..

A black woman? A reboot/remake?

Ghostbusters has heralded the end of all things! Gozer has come! Hollywood is the cesspoolk of humanity! Truly these are the end of times! Repent! Repent!

Areloch:

No, but seriously, what is "part reboot, part sequel" supposed to even mean? Those things are really rather mutually exclusive.

Something that, in theory, carries on from the continuity of the original, but is so far removed from its context and/or so self-contained that it's effectively a relaunch of a franchise. Examples include Jurassic World, Terminator: Genisys, Star Trek 2009, etc.

The Rocketeer was one of my favorite movies growing up, so I will give a sequel to that a chance.

Them announcing that they have no cast but the lead will be a black woman is either pandering (which I'm against) or her being black is integral to the story. This being set in America during the cold war I can see her being black being a plot point so I'm going give it a pass for now as long as it doesn't start releaseing terrible trailers and calling people racist for pointing out the terrible trailers.

Metalix Knightmare:
If they keep it as a sequel the new lead won't really bother me at all. Heck, it could potentially be pretty darned interesting having a black woman in 1950's America as a fully covered hero like that. Beloved in the costume, ignored or despised when out. Could make for a good bit of character drive if nothing else.

Kinda like that, that could be good.

Random man: Ah The Rocketeer, the man who saved us from the Nazis and now from the Commies!

Takes of helmet

Random man: A black woman! But how could a black woman operate such a complected jet-pack?

Random man's head explodes

That last line sounds more like a sales pitch than a plot point. It's going to be Ghostbusters all over again if they are not careful. On the other hand, Disney has been doing a pretty good job with handling diversity, so I'm not too concerned.

What I expect to see is if we are going to be having a black person in the 40's America, that they have to fight some racism along the way. I'm OK with that if they are telling a good story while presenting it. My concern is if they lay it on too heavy and make the movie all about it. The thing is, I've seen plenty of movies or shows about the oppression blacks had to face, but they all have to be set 50-60 years or more in the past in order to remain plausible. Making a story like that in modern day is a bit... dumb. I don't have a better word for it. People will see it and feel bad about the past, when that's all it is, is the past. We've learned from it, and we are beyond it now. Dredging it up at every opportunity doesn't help anyone.

Squilookle:
When is Hollywood gonna learn that WW2 is simply way better to make movies of than the Cold War? Why would you ever choose the Cold War unless it was a die-hard Spy movie?

The possibility of moral ambiguity, for one; no one even tries to make media claiming that World War 2 was anything other than morally black and white. Eventually they will, but not for another twenty years or so, until all the vets from that war have died off. The same thing happened with World War 1. The Cold War, by contrast, was essentially a four-decade slog of competitive bastardry. And everyone knows it.

Also, audiences will accept a less "Gung-ho for the war!" attitude by members of society; it wasn't really the case in either world war, but you had outright communist sympathizers here during the Cold War, and they were only arrested or McCarthy-ized for a portion of it.

Plus, think of the technological and economic changes: jet aircraft, nukes, widespread air travel, the rising middle class, the first rumblings of the massive social upheaval that would come to shake the nation and the entire first world. It's a far more interesting time, and ultimately, a far more interesting setting, unless you're going straight war movie. Which leads into my last point:

We already have so many movies of World War 2, even just counting the ones Hollywood made, that if you sat down to watch them, back to back with no interruptions, it would take you dozens of lifetimes. WE DON'T NEED MORE.

I can see a few ways to make it interesting, though the original was set in '39 but if they intend a period piece ala The Man from UNCLE and set it in the 60s then there's a good chance the new character could perhaps be the daughter of a black US soldier who remembered the Rocketeer and told her stories about him hence her desire to find this fascinating man.

Add in some space race flavour and I think we've got an idea that can have it's cake and eat it too.

And another semi successfull old movie dragged from the cellar back to the light to be abused... because that seems to have worked perfectly for sony.. why not disney?

Throw in some artificial controversy about Black female main lead and you can get the mainstream media to protect your movie should it turn out to be another turd...

I bet the gawkers and co. are allready drooling at the prospect of fabricating more mysoginy and racist accusations against people who are simply fed up with shitty reboots of beloved movies.

Then again the rocketeer never really had that much of a fan following to begin with and is more of an obscure movie then anything else... beats me why they want to make another...

Baresark:
So... do they want a fuckin' medal or something?

I wouldn't know what "they" want; I don't even know the names of who "they" are. At a guess, though, I'd say they want free publicity from the kind of people who gave Ghostbusters so much free publicity.

No cast has been announced yet, but THR reports that the story "will be headlined by a black female character."

Oh please please cast Raven Symone and call it "Thats So Rocketeer". You know you want to.

On a serious note, I'd echo what Metalix said. Having the hero keep their identity secret less just as much because everyone would freak out if they knew she wasn't a white guy as because there's Communist spies running round would be an interesting story angle. Though it does sound similar to a running theme in webcomic "The Specialists" with the Bombardier

Pallindromemordnillap:

No cast has been announced yet, but THR reports that the story "will be headlined by a black female character."

Oh please please cast Raven Symone and call it "Thats So Rocketeer". You know you want to.

You're joking but I would pay big money to see that just exist.

Lizzy Finnegan:
A new hero "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."

Fucking sold.

I know nothing about the original but this is all I really needed to see.

I will be happy if they keep the classic rocketeer helmet/pack more or less as is.

If they wont....I guess I will....be indifferent? I don't understand the notion that making a new version re-writes history and removes the original from this timeline (It probably goes to the darkest timeline, they need it more).

JUMBO PALACE:

Lizzy Finnegan:
A new hero "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."

Fucking sold.

I know nothing about the original but this is all I really needed to see.

You should watch the original, because that line makes it sound like pretty much the same movie, except instead of a corrupt rocket scientist and communists, you get a Hollywood star/spy and nazis. Also, it is pretty good.

Well, I'll be a son of a bitch.

Bobular:
The Rocketeer was one of my favorite movies growing up, so I will give a sequel to that a chance.

Them announcing that they have no cast but the lead will be a black woman is either pandering (which I'm against) or her being black is integral to the story. This being set in America during the cold war I can see her being black being a plot point so I'm going give it a pass for now as long as it doesn't start releaseing terrible trailers and calling people racist for pointing out the terrible trailers.

Metalix Knightmare:
If they keep it as a sequel the new lead won't really bother me at all. Heck, it could potentially be pretty darned interesting having a black woman in 1950's America as a fully covered hero like that. Beloved in the costume, ignored or despised when out. Could make for a good bit of character drive if nothing else.

Kinda like that, that could be good.

Random man: Ah The Rocketeer, the man who saved us from the Nazis and now from the Commies!

Takes of helmet

Random man: A black woman! But how could a black woman operate such a complected jet-pack?

Random man's head explodes

Actually, I just found a better idea than this on 8Chan of all places.

If they really wanted to do something that fit with the post WWII time period, a Japanese American would have been better. She could still be bitter about the American internment camps, but come to see that the American ideal is a constant struggle, and it is worth fighting for. The evil Russians could even try to sway her, leading to some uncertainty about what she will do, but ultimately she chooses America and sets an example for others to follow, just like the original Rocketeer.

This movie is set six years after WW2, those would be some REALLY fresh scars, and focus on a dark mark on our history that doesn't really get enough attention.

Saltyk:
not because it is yet another reboot/remake of a classic film.

Though, I am surprised that this one was a 90's film (released in '91) instead of an 80's film. I guess studious ran out of 80's films to pointlessly remake.

Let's not be too wild here; The Rocketeer is not a classic film. It was a reasonably entertaining bit of fluff that, outside of some good character design, really had nothing noteworthy going for it. Putting it in the same category as Schindler's List or Forrest Gump is crazy.

Metalix Knightmare:

Actually, I just found a better idea than this on 8Chan of all places.

If they really wanted to do something that fit with the post WWII time period, a Japanese American would have been better. She could still be bitter about the American internment camps, but come to see that the American ideal is a constant struggle, and it is worth fighting for. The evil Russians could even try to sway her, leading to some uncertainty about what she will do, but ultimately she chooses America and sets an example for others to follow, just like the original Rocketeer.

This movie is set six years after WW2, those would be some REALLY fresh scars, and focus on a dark mark on our history that doesn't really get enough attention.

That would be a very interesting concept. Maybe she was scheduled to be deported (I don't know the American history well, but in Canada in the postwar they deported thousands of Japanese-Canadians to Japan), but was taken under the auspices of some quasi-spy agency and outfitted as an agent instead?

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