‘The Rocketeer’ is actually based on the 1982 comic book superhero created by writer-illustrator Dave Stevens about Cliff Secord, a 1938 racing pilot who finds a stolen jet-pack prototype that enables him to fly. His heroic deeds as the Rocketeer attracts the attention of Howard Hughes, the FBI and Nazi agents. While the original comic books ended in 1995, IDW revived ‘The Rocketeer’ last year with a four issue mini-series.
Disney actually released the original ‘The Rocketeer’ film back in 1991 with Joe Johnston (‘Captain America: The First Avenger,’ ‘Jurassic Park III’) at the helm and Billy Campbell (‘Eureka,’ ‘The 4400’) in the title role as the helmet headed hero and Timothy Dalton (‘Licensed to Kill,’ ‘Flash Gordon,’ ‘Doctor Who’) as Neville Sinclair, the Rocketeer’s villian. While the film bombed at the box office, it has found a cult following throughout the years. In fact, it was this movie that convinced Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige to hire Johnston to direct ‘Captain America.’
The reboot of ‘The Rocketeer’ will be one of the first projects for new Disney studio chef Alan Horn and at the moment, not much of a development has actually occurred with the property. Although no director has been attached to the project, it’s said that the Disney is set to meet with various writers to see what kind of take they could bring to the superhero if a reboot were to be made.
So, at this moment, all talk about a ‘Rocketeer’ reboot is just that…talk. But if it were to move forward, it would be kinda cool to have Johnson direct his own reboot, don’t you think?
We’ll keep you updated as we hear more.