The proposed sequel to the 1991 film “The Rocketeer” is reportedly back on track with “Sleight” helmer JD Dillard volunteering to direct.
In 2016 came the news that Disney was moving forward with “The Rocketeers,” a sequel to the 1938 Los Angeles-set superhero film based on the comic by Dave Stevens, with Max Winkler and Matt Spicer hired to pen the script.
The new one is said to be a direct sequel, not a reimagining, and shifts the story forward a few decades as young African-American female pilot tries to stop an evil Russian female rocket scientist from stealing the jetpack technology during a pivotal moment in the Cold War.
Now The DisInsider reports that the follow-up is back in development with “Boomerang” writer Azia Squire penning a new draft of the screenplay. It’s not clear if the original synopsis still stands, but the film is said to be targeting a direct to Disney+ launch as opposed to a theatrical release.
Brigham Taylor (“Lady and the Tramp”) is also reportedly set to produce alongside Noah Weinstein, NBA champ Blake Griffin and the NFL’s Ryan Kalil. No director has yet signed on to helm even as Dillard put his hand up with a tweet last week saying: “Dear universe, I would like to make a sequel to this movie.”