It’s been a while since we heard anything about a Flight of the Navigator remake, although I can’t even think what the last news we heard about such a remake was, or even when that was, but hey, like the old saying goes, no new is good news. Right?
Maybe not, but now there is news. It’s being reported today that Disney has hired Colin Trevorrow and Derek Connolly, the screenwriters behind the Sundance darling Safety Not Guaranteed, to pen a script. They’ll be taking over from Brad Copeland, who was hired to write the script way back in 2009. David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman (The Muppets, The Fighter) are producing the project.
The original Flight was directed by Grease filmmaker Randal Kleiser, and it starred Joey Cramer as a boy who disappears in 1978 and is found 8 years later in a crashed flying saucer having not aged a day in those 8 years. The boy and the alien ship, which is a sentient entity named Max (voiced by an uncredited Paul Reubens), then go on the run from nefarious government forces, as they try and find a way to get Max back to his own time. I remember seeing the movie as a kid and being slightly freaked out by the notion of disappearing for 8 years, not aging, and returning home to find that everything’s different. Obviously, as a kid, I didn’t handle change very well.
As for Trevorrow and Connolly, they are very hot right now. Safety Not Guaranteed was a favorite coming out of this year’s Sundance Film Festival. The critically-acclaimed sci-fi/romance/comedy was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize, and the writing duo themselves were just nominated for Best First Feature and Best First Screenplay at the Independent Spirit Awards.
More news as it develops.