THE ROCKETEER Reboot Reportedly On Track With New Writer And David Oyelowo Set To Star

THE ROCKETEER Reboot Reportedly On Track With New Writer And David Oyelowo Set To Star

We finally have an update on Disney's plans for The Rocketeer, with the sequel/reboot set to move forward with a new writer. David Oyelowo (Selma is still on board to play the lead...

By MarkCassidy - Oct 14, 2023 07:10 AM EST
Filed Under: The Rocketeer

We haven't had any updates on the Disney+ Rocketeer reboot, tentatively titled The Return of the Rocketeer, since the project was first announced back in 2021, and many had assumed that the long-gestating "requel" had simply been lost in the shuffle.

However, The Wrap (via has now confirmed that the movie is moving forward Sylvie’s Love filmmaker Eugene Ashe joining the production as a new writer. Whether Ashe will go back to the drawing board with an entirely new take or simply touch up the existing script is unclear.

David and Jessica Oyelowo are set to produce under their Yoruba Saxon banner as part of their two-year first-look deal with Disney, and, as far as we know, the former is still set to play the lead role.

We first heard about Disney's plans to reboot The Rocketeer all the way back in 2016 when a sequel to Joe Johnston's original was announced with a Black female lead taking over the Rocketeer mantle from Cliff Secord (Billy Campbell). That obviously never came to pass, and the idea was rejigged several times over the years.

Now You See Me and Jessica Jones writer Ed Ricourt penned the previous version of this latest Rocketeer movie's script, and if the story remains the same after a re-write, it will focus on "a retired Tuskegee airman who takes up the Rocketeer mantle."

Johnston's 1991 film was an adaptation of Dave Stevens’ graphic novel, and focused on a young pilot who stumbles across a prototype jetpack that allows him to become a rocket-propelled hero. It was a modest hit, and despite not being particularly well-received by critics at the time, it has since gone on to achieve cult status.

The character was (briefly) brought back for an animated preschool series, also called The Rocketeer, which saw Campbell return as Dave Secord, although he did also voice Cliff in the first episode (appearing in old newsreel footage). The show was cancelled after a single season, but all episodes are available to stream on Disney+.

"Cliff Secord (Bill Campbell) is a cocky stunt pilot in love with a beautiful actress, Jenny Blake (Jennifer Connelly). When he discovers a jet pack hidden in a biplane, Cliff straps on the rocket, dons a flashy helmet and becomes the high-flying hero known as The Rocketeer. But when Nazis want to use the rocket as a weapon, Cliff must use his alter ego to both protect Jenny from an evil actor (Timothy Dalton) and save the day in this period adventure based on the comic books by Dave Stevens."

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campblood - 10/14/2023, 7:34 AM
I’m ok with this, as long as it’s fun and action packed. I love the movie so I’m glad they’re give adults more rocketeer. I just hope it’s not set during modern times
WhatIfRickJames - 10/14/2023, 8:00 AM
@campblood - It says that he was supposed to be a Tuskegee airman which sells it for me. I agree, don’t make it modern at all
campblood - 10/15/2023, 7:27 PM
@WhatIfRickJames - I’d also like for him to have a different jetpack, simply because jetpacks are cool
Origame - 10/14/2023, 8:00 AM
I can't wait for the rocketeer to now be a lesbian black woman

TheVandalore - 10/14/2023, 8:29 AM
@Origame - They Wokeateer
Origame - 10/14/2023, 8:44 AM
@TheVandalore - she/they will be fighting the new face of the nazi party...

The patriarchy!
TheSuperMex - 10/14/2023, 2:37 PM
@Origame when he sees black people in a staring role.

Origame - 10/14/2023, 2:43 PM
@TheSuperMex - there's a big difference between "no black people in my movies" and what's actually being said, "this character isn't black, this is a dumb change".
OmegaBlack13 - 10/14/2023, 8:01 PM
@Origame - Look man, white guys pretty much solely led movies for like 100 years. And they are still generally running the world. I promise you that people who aren’t them leading the movies (but them still leading the companies of course) for a decade or so until the inevitable pendulum swing back will be fine. White guys will be FINE, on this you can be assured.
Origame - 10/14/2023, 8:26 PM
@OmegaBlack13 - 1) no they didn't. In fact, some of the highest profile actors of all time aren't white.

2) still have no problem with minorities in movies dude. My issue is entirely with them playing characters who are white. Because, you know, said character is white.

3) the world? If we're going by the world and not just America, why not promote films from different countries? There's a lot of great films from India, South Korea, Japan, various African countries, and many more I didn't mention. And your dreaded white people are nowhere to be seen.

4) glad to hear you're a bigot who actually wants a group of people barred from films due to their skin color.
DTor91 - 10/14/2023, 11:22 PM
@Origame - Coooooooooorrrrrrrrrrrrnnnnnnnnny
Origame - 10/14/2023, 11:33 PM
@DTor91 - I agree. Hollywood constantly race and gender swapping for esg scores is corny.
OmegaBlack13 - 10/15/2023, 8:29 PM
@Origame - 1) You are gonna tell me that the majority of stars of the highest grossing movies throughout history haven't been white? Is that really what you're gonna go with here?

2) As I said, white people will be fine I promise you.

3) This is a nothing statement.

4) Lol Origame you are such an unserious person
Origame - 10/15/2023, 9:22 PM
@OmegaBlack13 - 1) majority white country has majority white actors. Color me shocked. And that still didn't prevent huge success stories like will Smith, Samuel l Jackson, Dwayne Johnson, Jackie Chan, jet li, and so many others.

2) ...this point is literally about the character being represented as the character. But going off that, aren't the POCs "just fine" by your example? Really don't get the logic of combating "racism" with the same racism aimed the other way.

3) only because you're an idiot. You made it about the world, not just America. If you'd get out of the america centric bubble you'd see there's plenty of representation around the world in films. Your movement is irrelevant.

4) well care to explain how you aren't being discriminatory towards white people? I mean, you're advocating doing to them an "injustice" you claimed they did to POCs. And this is all based on their skin color too. Sounds like the textbook definition of racism to me.

Or are you actually gonna counter this beyond just LOLing me.

You see the problem is you guys see racism as simply "anything bad that happens to POCs", but I actually know what racism is. And buddy, that's what you're doing.

And don't try to claim reverse racism and that it's OK. There's no reverse racism. There's just racism.
valmic - 10/14/2023, 8:10 AM
keep it in its time period, keep the swashbuckling, keep it fun.
TheVandalore - 10/14/2023, 8:35 AM
Mark, did you plan on these articles being back to back and themed?
Forthas - 10/14/2023, 8:37 AM
I could see it going either really bad or really good. Hoping for the latter.
Repian - 10/14/2023, 9:03 AM
I want to see Daniel Brühl as a German pilot during World War II and I want to see The Rocketeer flying between Nazi fighters.
Drace24 - 10/14/2023, 10:13 AM
@Repian - Oh wow, a german gets to play a Nazi in Hollywood? How generous.
DR3D - 10/14/2023, 9:09 AM
‘Selma is still on board to play the lead…’ who is Selma, Selma Blair?
tb86 - 10/14/2023, 9:16 AM
So this won’t be canon to the 1991 movie?
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