Safety Not Guaranteed Director Taking Off with Flight of the Navigator Remake

Flight of the Navigator (1986) Movie PosterI barely recall Randal Kleiser’s 1986 sci-fi movie “Flight of the Navigator”, though I remember it was pretty cool … back then. I mean, I was a kid, so a movie about a kid who stumbles across an alien ship and goes on an adventure would seem pretty cool to me back then. I haven’t seen the Disney film since, but that’s going to change because the studio is preparing to remake it.

To do that, they’ve signed up Colin Trevorrow and Derek Connolly (of “Safety Not Guaranteed” fame) to adapt the film, with Trevorrow expected to direct. According to Connolly, this was a long time coming for him and Trevorrow, which should bode well for the remake:

‘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.

In the 1986 original, a 12 year-old goes on an adventure with an alien ship, only to return 8 years later — not having aged a day, though everyone he loves has. The original starred Joey Cramer, Paul Reubens (as the voice of the ship), Veronica Cartwright, and a pre-“Sex and the City” Sarah Jessica Parker.

Disney has been keen on remaking the film since 2009, when a screenwriter was hired to adapt it. With the “Safety Not Guaranteed” guys onboard, it looks like they’re pretty dead serious about remaking this. Since I don’t have all that many memories of the original, I guess it sounds interesting enough. Your mileage (and fond regards for the original) may vary, though.

Via : Variety