Disney Is Rebooting 'The Rocketeer' With a Black Female Lead
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Disney Is Rebooting 'The Rocketeer' With a Black Female Lead


“The Rocketeer,” the 1991 Disney period superhero film that starred Billy Campbell, is getting a reboot – with a twist.

The original film was based on the character of the same name created by comic book artist and writer Dave Stevens. Set in 1938 Los Angeles, California, The Rocketeer tells the story of stunt pilot Cliff Secord who discovers a rocket powered jet pack that enables him to fly. His heroic deeds soon attract the attention of Howard Hughes and the FBI (who are hunting for the missing jet pack), as well as sadistic Nazi operatives.

The film was released on June 21, 1991 and received generally favorable reviews from critics. There were initial plans for “Rocketeer” sequels, but they were abandoned after the film under-performed at the box office ($40 million budget; $46 million domestic gross).

Since around 2012, there has been talk of a potential remake, but nothing’s been committed until now, as The Hollywood Reporter says Disney is prepping a brand new reboot/sequel to the film, with the title “The Rocketeers” – the twist being that the new hero will be a black woman.

It will be set 6 years after the first film when a new pilot – a young, black woman pilot – takes up the mantle after the first Rocketeer disappears while fighting the Nazis. She will battle scientists who are trying to mass produce the rocket technology for the enemy, in what could prove to be a turning point in the Cold War.

Max Winkler and Matt Spicer are penning the script for Disney, with Brigham Taylor producing. Also athletes Blake Griffin of the L.A. Clippers, and Ryan Kalil of the Carolina Panthers are producing as well.

Tendo Nagenda and Chaz Salembier are overseeing the project for Disney.

It’s still early in development, so no word on casting or on a director yet. Who would you like to see cast as the lead?

Here’s the trailer for the original film which is available on various home video platforms:

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