Looks like Walt Disney Studios is attempting to get the Rocketeer back on the big screen, but it may not be Cliff Secord under the helmet.
According to a report at the Hollywood Reporter, Disney has hired Max Winkler and Matt Spicer to write a script that is currently titled The Rockeeters. The Rocketeer comic book by Dave Stevens was heavily influenced by Commando Cody, so seeing a “S” on the end makes me hope we’ll see multiple heroes on the screen.
Set six years after the original Rocketeer and after Secord has vanished while fighting the Nazis, an unlikely new hero emerges: a young African–American female pilot, who takes up the mantle of Rocketeer in an attempt to stop an ambitious and corrupt rocket scientist from stealing jet-pack technology in what could prove to be a turning point in the Cold War.
It would be interesting if they could get Billy Campbell back to reprise the role if Cliff even appears in the story, but I’m pretty okay with this logline. In the IDW Publishing series, Cliff Secord does fight the Nazis and in one story, does go missing, so you might want to grab some back issues of the series right now.
The original Rocketeer movie was released in 1991, and didn’t do well in its opening weekend, bringing in $46.6 million on a budget of $40 million. However, after the release, and after heading to home video, the Rocketeer took flight with fans. In the Major Spoilers HQ, the kids love watching this film.
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