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Flight Of The Navigator Gets A Reboot
Disney to remake 1986 space flick

26 May 2009  |  Written by Emily Phillips  |  Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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Disney have already revived Tron from its '80s lights-and-leotards resting place, and now it is planning to do the same for classic kids-in-space adventure, Flight of the Navigator.

It comes as no surprise after the success of this spring's Race To Witch Mountain, which saw Disney bring new life to another family sci-fi  franchise. It will join the raft of remakes currently in production, set to pay tribute to the childhoods of twenty and thirty-somethings everywhere, such as The Neverending Story and The Karate Kid.

Navigator, which has the most memorable dog-based opening sequence in any film, will be taken in hand by Arrested Development and Wild Hogs writer Brad Copeland, and produced by the duo about to bring us Bruce Willis in Surrogates, David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman. Executive producer of the 1986 film, John Hyde, will oversee the proceesings here also.

Flight of the Navigator was an unremarkable cinema release, despite having offered this fun-packed trailer to promote the film in advance. However, audiences warmed to it when it came to video, where it was a runaway success. 

The original, which featured soon to be clothes-horse Sarah Jessica Parker, followed the mysterious return of a boy (Joey Cramer) missing for eight years whose reappearance, still aged 12, sparks a NASA investigation as they realise aliens are involved. As they attempt to exploit him and his lack of memory of the events, he stages an escape attempt using the spacecraft to get back home to his family.

Expect cameos galore and super shiny CGI spaceships as our hazy memory of Flight of the Navigator bites the dust. But which of our 20 under 20 could play the lead role of David?

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Slight thought on comeback
The Flight of the Navigator is one of my all time greatest films as a child. To see news on what I had slight thoughts were was a surprise but in all honesty I doubt they'll get the original feeling of the 80's adventure and successfully apply it the the re-boot. Cinema, these days, just doesn't have that special something....certainly no-where near the 80's style. I shall be keeping upto date with news on the beloved film of mine...very much so. More

Posted by Riggs at 16:10 on 02 October 2011 | Report This Post

I'm not a big fan of the original film, It kind of passed me by, but I really can't see the point in this. Same goes for the Short Circuit remake - why bother? Are there really no new ideas anymore? More

Posted by Scruffybobby at 09:46 on 27 May 2009 | Report This Post

it's got Effron written all over it. More

Posted by ArtDepartmentAlbert at 23:54 on 26 May 2009 | Report This Post

RE: fecks! LEAVE IT ALONE! More

Posted by Sphinx at 20:53 on 26 May 2009 | Report This Post

Hollywood bereft of ideas. We shoudl all avoid, I mean if we truley love films, why support remakes of films that are 10-20 yrs old? BOYCOTT. Tell hollywood that we want originals now. More

Posted by gss131 at 18:00 on 26 May 2009 | Report This Post

Another childhood memory raped!
Whilst the effects of today would surely make for a lovely looking film, there's no real reason to remake this. It was excellent the first time around. More

Posted by Filmfan 2 at 16:52 on 26 May 2009 | Report This Post

Loved the original. I remember having a crush on SJP as well! Time hasn't been kind to her at all... More

Posted by Black Mantis at 16:27 on 26 May 2009 | Report This Post

You know I find it amusing the way... when it's announced that some movie of 70s or 80s awesomeness is to be remade, certain people see nothing but bad, saying "oh, there goes my childhood, they'll ruin it" and the like. then there's announcements of average or even quite poor 80s movies which could have been better and rather than the logical reaction of "oh.. well this is good... it's likely to be much better, and if not, it isnt like they're going to be makingthings any worse. More

Posted by Adrian at 13:52 on 26 May 2009 | Report This Post

Wow! another remake of an 80's classic. This sh!t never gets old. More

Posted by Moody at 12:58 on 26 May 2009 | Report This Post

Dear God, No!
On the other hand, I'm not against a remake of The Neverending Story - provided they base it more on the book and actually put some effort into it. Yes, I know they won't either. More

Posted by The Tingler at 11:38 on 26 May 2009 | Report This Post

I loved the original! One of my favourites as a kid, and it still holds up pretty well. Plus the central "mystery" (the kid hasn't aged) is kinda kooky for a kids' flick, and the FX are still quite impressive. Not 100% keen on a remake, but there are far worse films to re-do. More

Posted by britesparc at 11:20 on 26 May 2009 | Report This Post

Original = Dull, dull, dull!
Another 90 mins of three-star averageness coming to a cinema near you soon! More

Posted by GreatScott!!! at 11:04 on 26 May 2009 | Report This Post

My only concern is, who can possibly fill 'THE' Albie Whitaker's shoes! who?WHO!? No one that’s who! That’s who. More

Posted by slowhands107 at 11:01 on 26 May 2009 | Report This Post

The original was straight down the line average entertainment. Who the hell came up with an idea to remake it? Seriously - sack that guy and actually employ, ya know, some writers who can write an original movie. All we get now are sequels or unimaginative writers rehashing old ground. More

Posted by jmebaby25 at 10:20 on 26 May 2009 | Report This Post

Stop with the reboots
Why, why, why, why? What i sthe thought process of movie makers? Is it now a case of all stories have been written and no original concepts can be used any more or is it just easier to relaunch an old movie. I was an 80's kid, and I loved Flight of the navigator, but please don't ruin it with a remake. Just leave the oldies alone. As much as I adore the likes of the Goonies, Gremlins, Back to the Future and The Karate Kid, I admit, I would love to see more of them on the big screen but not a More

Posted by cragiwan at 10:19 on 26 May 2009 | Report This Post

The original was directed by the guy who shot Grease.
Strange but true. More

Posted by richithekiller at 10:07 on 26 May 2009 | Report This Post

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