The Rocketeers is an upcoming remake sequel of the 1991 Disney film, The Rocketeer.


From the beginning of the process of making The Rocketeer, creator Dave Stevens and screenwriters Danny Bilson and Paul De Meo envisioned it as the first entry of a trilogy.[1] Disney, in particular, hoped the film would carry a vein similar to the Indiana Jones franchise.[2] Both Campbell and Connelly were contracted for sequels; Campbell for two more and Connelly for only one.[3] However, with the film's disappointing box office performance, plans for a sequel were halted in July 1991.[4] "[Unfortunately] the movie didn't make as much money as Disney had hoped", Campbell reflected in a January 2008 interview with MTV News. "And that coupled with the acrimonious relationship that the director [Joe Johnston] and the studio had, contributed to them not even considering it."[5]

Although the calls for a sequel remain unrequited, as with many films of this genre, the movie has built up a cult following [5] in both the United States and Japan, where until 2008, Medicom, a major toy manufacturer, issued two versions of 12" poseable action figures and replica helmets based on the film.[6] The original Dave Stevens comics are still in demand and movie memorabilia continues to have a ready audience.[7] In addition, Johnston's work on this film led to him being hired 20 years later to direct another period superhero film, Captain America: The First Avenger in 2011.[8]

As of 2012, Disney was reported to be developing a remake of The Rocketeer.[9] Saw series creator James Wan has talked about directing the film.[10] Further announcements since then have yet to be made.

On July 28, 2016, it was confirmed that Walt Disney Pictures will be rebooting The Rocketeer, titled The Rocketeers, with the film being written by Max Winkler and Matt Spicer. Brigham Tayler is producing the film, as is Blake Griffin of the Los Angeles Clippers and Ryan Kalil of the Carolina Panthers. It was reported that The Rocketeers will be a "reboot sequel" that takes place six years after the original film with a black female pilot in the lead role. The film's plot sees the lead take on the mantle of The Rocketeer after Cliff Secord went missing while fighting the Nazis. The new Rocketeer goes on a mission to stop a corrupt scientist from stealing jetpack technology and shifting the balance of the Cold War.[11][12] Peter Ramsey tweeted that he's interested on directing the sequel and also suggested several other directors like Gina Prince-Bythewood, Darnell Martin and Amma Asante for the project as well.[13][14]


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  3. Salem, Rob. "Rocketing romance." Toronto Star, August 16, 1991.
  4. Stewart 2005, pp. 115, 142.
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  6. crawford. "Rocketeer version 2 action figure - Another Toy Review by Michael Crawford, Captain Toy".. Retrieved on 2015-12-31.
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  9. What to Stream Now. "Disney’s The Rocketeer Being Reloaded".. Vulture. Retrieved on 2015-12-31.
  10. "Director James Wan Talks 'The Conjuring' & Dream Comic Book Movie".. YouTube (2012-10-20). Retrieved on 2015-12-31.
  11. Kit, Borys (July 28, 2016). "'The Rocketeer' Reboot in the Works From Disney (Exclusive)", The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved on July 28, 2016. 
  12. McNary, Dave (July 28, 2016). "Disney Working on ‘Rocketeer’ Movie Reboot", Variety. Retrieved on July 28, 2016.