'Arrested Development' Writer Relaunching 'Flight of the Navigator'

Disney is taking one of my childhood favorites and remaking it. But I'm not mad. In fact, it could be a good thing.


I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking, ‘why did I go to Wendy’s and order a salad? Wendy’s isn’t where you go for a salad! And does the taco salad even count as a salad in the first place?’ And then, after taking some Pepto, you’re wondering why I mentioned that the writer was formerly from “Arrested Development” instead of, say, mentioning that he wrote Wild Hogs.

I don’t have a good answer for you. On either account.

But the good news from The Hollywood Reporter is that Disney is re-making one of my childhood favorites, Flight of the Navigator. Disney has writer Brad Copeland on the assignment right now, but it’s unclear as to what release schedule The Mouse will be aiming for.

For those who don’t know, the movie is about a 12-year old who is abducted by aliens, shows up a few years later with no memory, is exploited by the government until he bravely steals back the space craft and has an awesome adventure going back home. There’s this metal eyeball thing, and hell, the whole thing is really cool.

So why am I not pissed that a movie from my childhood is getting the relaunch treatment? Because I own it on VHS and can watch it any time, and because I think it’s a movie that could be primed for a remake. It’s a fairly simple story, and if done correctly, it could introduce some really fantastic new characters to a new generation of children. If anything, Navigator is a cult film that failed at the box office. I’m sure there are followers out there that will hate this news, but I just can’t see it being a bad thing – bringing a science fiction family film to a broad audience.

Meanwhile in the world of fun facts, we reported earlier this morning that there’s a Buffy the Vampire Slayer remake in the works, which means that with this announcement, two movies in which Paul Reubens is featured will be getting the remake treatment. If I hear anything about Pee Wee’s Big Adventure being remade, however, I will have to choke a bitch.

What do you think?

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