Two years ago, it was revealed that Disney was bringing back “The Rocketeer” for a new live-action film for Disney+, which was going to be called “The Return Of The Rocketeer”.
While it’s been a while since we’ve heard anything about this project, The Wrap has reported that Eugene Ashe has joined the project as the film’s writer. Eugene Ashe has previously worked on “Sylvie’s Love” and “Homecoming”.
Disney originally released “The Rocketeer” in 1991 and told the story of a stunt pilot who comes across a prototype jetpack that gives him the ability to fly. However, there are evil forces in the world who also want this jetpack at any cost.
When the Disney+ reboot was initially revealed, the film would feature a new story focusing on a retired Tuskegee airman who takes up the Rocketeer mantle. The Tuskegee Airmen were a group of primarily African-American military pilots and airmen who fought in World War II. However, the new film’s story could now change with the new writer onboard.
Yoruba Saxon’s David and Jessica Oyelowo will produce the new film. This will be the first film to be developed under their new First Look deal. David Oyelowo will also be starring in the film. The new movie will be executive produced by Mortal Media’s Blake Griffin and Ryan Kalil.
Last year, David Oyelowo spoke about the upcoming Disney+ film:
“I was a big fan of the first one. Actually had the poster up in my bedroom as a teenager. It’s a beloved property over [at Disney], so to be trusted with it is a real privilege. We’re going to take care of the fans of the original and hopefully bring in a whole new fanbase… We know we have to adhere to the things that people loved about the first one. But that was 30 years ago, so we want to make a film that’s going to resonate for the next 30 years and especially for the now. That’s the needle we have to thread and we’re working hard to do so.”
This isn’t the first time that Disney has tried to reboot “The Rocketeer” for a new generation, as in 2019, it released a Disney Junior animated series, but it was cancelled after one season. The original film and the animated series which is also available on Disney+
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