Shortly after it was announced that a new ‘Star Wars’ trilogy was in the works at Disney after they had purchased Lucasfilms, speculation began to run rampant concerning who would direct. Some of the hottest names in the biz today were thrown around to helm ‘Episode VII’, yet no one has been confirmed for the job as of yet. One of those names thrown into the mix was Colin Trevorrow, director and co-writer of Sundance indie/sci-fi hit ‘Safety Not Guaranteed’ starring Aubrey Plaza and Mark Duplass. He had revealed that he was working on a new version of a Disney project with a big fan following. Naturally, fans jumped to conclusions and assumed that the rookie director was gearing up for a trip to a galaxy far, far away, but it seems like the project he spoke of was something completely different all together.
According to Variety, Trevorrow and writing partner Derek Connolly will be working on the remake of the 1986 film ‘Flight of the Navigator’ for Disney. Both men will rewrite the script by Brad Copeland from 2009 and the film will act as a directorial vehicle for Trevorrow.
Originally directed by Randal Kleiser and starring Veronica Cartwright, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Paul Reubens, ‘Flight of the Navigator’ followed “a 12 year-old boy who goes missing and reappears eight years later having not aged a day. At the same time, an alien spacecraft crashes nearby, which may explain the boy’s disappearance.”
The director is a huge fan of the original film and ‘Safety Not Guaranteed’ has earned critical acclaim coming out of this year’s Sundance, so there’s definitely potential here for the film to pretty good. Here’s what Connolly had to say about working on ‘Navigator’ with his collaborator where he lets us know that we won’t just get a rehashing of the original with him on the job:
“’Flight of the Navigator’ wasn’t a seminal movie of my childhood but I remember liking it and the original meant a lot to Colin as a kid, so it’s really his baby. It’ll be good to have some balance so it’s not two fanboys writing the movie.”
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