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Flight of the Navigator remake starts again

FlightoftheNavigator.jpg"You are the Navigator" - I always say that to my wife when she's giving me directions in the car, and I can't remember the last time I saw the excellent film Flight of the Navigator, but now I must for there's news that it's going to be remade.

The original film was one that looked amazing for the special effects on the metallic ship really caught my imagination, as did the entire storyline of the film. Now the film, and the ship, are going to get a modern makeover, but how will that turn out?

Flight of the Navigator is a film from 1986 directed by Randal Kleiser and written by Michael Burton and Matt MacManus with story from Mark H. Baker which tells the story of a boy who goes missing in 1978 and reappears eight years later in 1986 and he hasn't aged a single year. At the same time he reappears a strange metallic craft is discovered, the two are obviously connected, and the adventure is just about to begin.

Joey Cramer led the original film with Veronica Cartwright, Sarah Jessica Parker and Paul Reubens playing the voice of the ship - is it all coming back to you yet?

According to the story in Variety it was originally headed for a rewrite back in 2009 but it never quite made it, Brad Copeland was writing that script back then.

Colin Trevorrow and Derek Connolly are the two given the task of bringing the script to life - Trevorrow directed the recent Safety Not Guaranteed while Connolly wrote the script. That film received a lot of praise and was an interesting take on such a science fiction heavy core plot, I wonder if they'll be approaching this remake with the same sort of view? With Disney behind it I doubt it.

Trevorrow is expected to direct the film for Disney and while talking about the project Connolly suggested that they weren't going to be tied to the original and that they weren't going to be scared to change the original.

"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."

I don't see any issue in remaking this film, surprisingly they've picked well, a film that is good as it is isn't so good that a remake would upset a fan base, in fact you can probably see how a remake could make the story even stronger. I'm rather keen to see how it turns out, although how are they going to remake that spaceship?




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