Disney Pictures is developing a remake of 1986 sci-fi family feature “Flight of the Navigator” says The Hollywood Reporter.
The original followed a twelve-year-old boy who is abducted by an alien spacecraft in 1978 and reappears eight years later, still the same age and with no memory of what happened.
NASA scientists discover a connection between the boy and a downed spacecraft and try to exploit the boy, who ultimately escapes with the ship and attempts to reunite with his family.
Brad Copeland (“Wild Hogs,” TV’s “Arrested Development”) is penning the remake which David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman are producing.
The announcement has drawn a lot of consternation from fans of the original worried that their childhood sacred cow will be shat upon. To them there’s a simple answer – it’s a Disney remake.
Most Disney remakes like “Flubber,” “The Shaggy Dog,” “Herbie: Fully Loaded” and “That Darn Cat” with Doug E. Doug flop, while the few profitable ones such as “Freaky Friday” or “Race to Witch Mountain” are always seen as inferior quality clones that simply don’t have the replay value the originals will still have for generations to come.