No matter how old he gets, The Rocketeer will always remain frozen in time, a late 1930s rocket jock at the edge of the Second World War. In the real world, Rocketeer is now 40 years old, and it’s been a wild ride for him. From his humble beginnings in the back of a comic book by Dave Stevens, to his landmark movie deal with Disney, to the movie underperforming and the property getting buried, to the character remaining relevant due to the movie becoming a cult classic anyway…
I’m big on staying through movies until the closing credits end. I look out for all sorts of things, from mid-and-after-credits scenes to random jokes to the names of the people involved in making the movies. That’s how I came across my newest interview subject, Marian Green, whose name I saw listed among the stunt people for 1988’s Night Of The Demons when I recently viewed that cult classic on IMDB’s streaming service. I loved that movie, and seeing Marian’s name listed in the credits, I looked her up on IMDB.
Disney’s The Rocketeer was unappreciated in its day, but has grown a cult following in the decades since its unheralded release. What’s not to like about it? It’s a pulp adventure tale in the Indiana Jones vein about a hotshot in a jetpack who punches Nazis on a blimp and has a barely altered Bettie Page knockoff for a girlfriend. But Disney hasn’t expressed any interest in a sequel for a long time, and now that they actually OWN Indiana Jones the chances for The Rocketeer’s revival are nil, right?
The Hollywood Reporter has published an article stating that Walt Disney Studios is developing a reboot for its classic 1991 movie The Rocketeer. Two writers, Max Winkler and Matt Spicer, have reportedly already been hired to write the script, which is currently going under the title of The Rocketeers.