Disney Remaking ‘Flight Of The Navigator’

Published 5 years ago by , Updated February 10th, 2012 at 7:37 am,

flight of the navigator Disney Remaking Flight Of The Navigator

I thought all the talk of board game and bubblegum movies would give us a break from news of remakes, and yet Hollywood is there to oblige us with the latter once again. This time it’s the cult 1986 film Flight of the Navigator that’s getting the update treatment.

Let the anticipation and excitement commence… not…

The Flight of the Navigator remake will be written by Brad Copeland, best known for writing Arrested Development, as well as for My Name is Earl and the funny-at-times TV show Grounded for Life. Oh, and don’t tell anyone, but he also wrote Wild Hogs. Yeah, way to go on that one, Copeland…

Mandeville partners David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman will be acting as producers on the remake, with the executive producer from the original, John Hyde, stepping back into the role of exec producer for the remake.

I don’t know about you, but original Flight of the Navigator was a beloved film for me when I was young. I don’t remember everything about it as it’s been years and years since I’ve seen it, but I do remember it constantly being on my TV screen. And this just makes me even more annoyed that they’re remaking it.

All this complaining about the rash of movie remakes from us bloggers may be getting as annoying as the prospect of remakes itself, but if they’re going to keep (re)making them at the rate they are, then we’re going to keep saying why they shouldn’t. The original Navigator definitely has its fans – a “cult” film it most definitely could be described as – but I doubt it still has enough mainstream recognition to capitalize on the name.

That begs the question, then: are they just going to use the name, forget about the original story – a 12 year old boy gets abducted by aliens and is returned 8 years later, un-aged and with no memory – and go completely their own way with it? If so, why base it on Flight of the Navigator? Why not call it something like “Jimmy’s Flying Alien Space Adventure“?

It would be as good of an idea to call it that as it would having the remake in the first place…

flightofnavigator Disney Remaking Flight Of The Navigator

Like most remakes of ’80s movies, it just won’t be the same. Part of the charm of the original Flight of the Navigator is that ’80s feel it had about it, and no doubt that would be eradicated in lieu of expensive special effects (although the special effects in the original were considered awe-inspiring back in the day) and cheap laughs. And, like pretty much all remakes, if the new version sucks it soils the name of the film we enjoyed so much, which is a damn shame…

What is your opinion on a Flight of the Navigator remake? Are you looking forward to it? or is this another movie that just should not be remade?

Source: THR

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  1. What a shame they should leave it be ! It will never be the same with all those famous actors in it ( leave it be Disney )

    • my thoughts too :)

  2. If they remake this not only will I partake in clubbing baby seals and throwing babies from roof tops, I will slap the dumb ass who thought up this scheme. However, comma, since people are greedy and they wanna make a quick buck they are gonna do what they want. So I hope to hell they don’t F it up. This movie was great the first time around. You don’t fix Somthin that’s not broke.

    • well said :)

  3. This was a great family film and I hope they don’t ruin it with naughty scenes.

    My favorite part is when the kid landed the UFO at the Gas Station which then a family in a van drove up to get gas then got out. The family thought it was an impressive attraction while the gas dude looked stoned.

    The kids ,A young boy and a girl that looks between 4 and 6, were starting to climb around when the Dad yelled at them about insurance policies as if the kids would understand.
    The two kids were examining the steps and how they hover.

    Then at the end of the scene the gas dude made a joke reference about ET and I started laughing along.

    I hope they don’t botch it with naughty jokes and calling it *humor*.

    Has anyone noticed unlike the 80s this generations version of humor seems to compete on how to be gross?

    The only other time in modern history to compare this decade is the flapper era in the 20s when all young people wanted to do was party instead of taking responsibility which they learned the hard way in the Depression Era that there is no such thing as easy money.

  4. Has anyone noticed unlike the 80s this generations version of humor seems to compete on how to be gross?

    The only other time in modern history to compare this decade is the flapper era in the 20s when all young people wanted to do was party instead of taking responsibility which they learned the hard way in the Depression Era that there is no such thing as easy money.

  5. Most of the problem is the idea of *Free Money* thru social security. Social Security was meant to be for disabled people who couldn’t function in society so they could have extra help but now almost anybody can claim it.

    Those who can work but refuse to are milking the system dry which is why their is talks of cutting back and the Libs act like spoiled children thinking Mommy And Daddy aka The Government are being mean to them when they talk about cutting back SSI.

    Just like a child would scream and throw a tantrum when a parent says no to having ice-cream before dinner.

  6. Those vampires are sucking the system dry for those who truly need SSI.

  7. I actually just finished watching it on my phone. It been years since the last time I watched it. Just like you I remember being on tv all the time and of course me and my brother would always record it lol! It is one of those movies that will forever be a part of us who grew up in the 80′s and no matter if they remake it or not the original will always stand the test of time. This movie actually is what turned me into liking the beach boys. That part when David is flying around for the first time singing I Get Around and the little alien dancing around was awesome. We would sing and play that part in the movie over and over again hahaha! One thing I always wished they would of done is show the places where all the alien beings on the ship came from and how they lived. I aways wondered that. Never the less an amazing movie that every one needs to watch and not remake.

  8. this film is a true classic, no need to remake it at all in any way. although there could be another way back into the story via a follow on, there seems to be lots of openings in the original script for this to happen, a follow on would be the best way to go. dont ruin a classic for gods sake.

  9. My favorite movie from my childhood! it’s not broken, no need fix it, it’s still perfect!

  10. This was the first movie I saw at a cinema 25 years ago. It’s a bit like that first love; you never forget it. In fact, I’ve just watched it now, after many many years. There’s a warm feeling that comes when reminiscing. Everything about it and the time it was from is perfect. That’s how I’d like it to remain, always.

  11. This was the first movie I saw at a cinema 25 years ago. It’s a bit like that first love; you never forget it. In fact, I’ve just watched it now, after many many years. There’s a warm feeling that comes when reminiscing. Everything about it and the time it was from is perfect. That’s how I’d like it to always remain.

  12. This was the first movie I saw in a cinema 25 years ago. It’s a bit like that first love; you never forget it. In fact, I’ve just watched it now, after many many years. There’s a warm feeling that comes when reminiscing. Everything about it and the time it was from is perfect. That’s how I’d like it to always remain.

  13. I am excited. I like to see things I love re-done in different times by different minds. There are not original stories and I would like to see this one brought back. Re-inventing is an art and I like it.

  14. :/ no!!! just no!!! leave it alone Disney!!!!!

  15. As I sit here watching the original Flight of the Navigator and reading your blog I have to agree. This is one of my all time favorite movies growing up and I watched it over and over again. The thought of a remake makes me cringe. I never could understand why They have to remake classics when they never turn out half as good as the original. Hollywood get some new ideas!

  16. Inspiration is more than a word. It is a gateway to understanding the time your living in and each generation should be given that right……besides the special effects will be out of this world!

  17. I was hoping for a sequel..

  18. No! I don’t want this! Why?! FOTN was released a year before I was born but it still managed to become one of my all time childhood favourites. These remakes never encapsulate that 80′s feel and I just don’t think anyone would be adequate replacements for the original actors. Also they’ll mess with the comedy. You know they will. Urk. I’m gonna go fester on this over my breakfast cereal now. I don’t like this news at all.

  19. I Agree it’s a Classic and Doesn’t need a Remake! IF they want to make more money from it, How about a RE-Release at the Cinema’s??? Let This Generation of Kids enjoy it on the Big Screen with their Parents, who watched it in their Day!
    My 2 Cents
    Timby

  20. Great news – I can’t wait to watch a newer version – was a fave of mine as a child

  21. Totally disgusting!!!

    I love this movie…… I have it on VHS and i love it as much as I did then!!!!

  22. Just happened to watch this on BluRay tonight, for the first time in 25 years. This movie looks like it was shot yesterday, compared to other films from the time. But the special effects… I can’t imagine how they did the liquid metal 3D CGI work in …1984/5… !!! Crazy. Computers could barely handle rendering 3d wireframes at that point. It looks amazing! Though I do remember it having more of a plot. Looking at it now, I was surprised to find Paul Rubens a bit grating, and after the drama of the lost time plays out, all the adventure is really in the escape from the Nasa lab. Once he’s in the ship, all he does is fly across a bit of earth, stop to look at cows (?) and drop him off at home. The “flight” of the navigator that would have been interesting to see is the one we never get to. It’s like making a movie about the bus ride home from a really great party, without any mention of the actual party. Feels like a movie that gets off to a spectacular start, and then runs out of effects budget about halfway through and then hoping no one noticed, finishes with a flourish. If they’re going to remake this, I hope they keep the 1st half and the ending, and add some interesting interstellar travel for a bit. …maybe to drop off some of the other critters & see their worlds. …then come home, cause there’s no place like it.

  23. Im 32 and Flight of the Navogator rates up there with The Never Ending Story! These were my childhood favorites. Instead of a remake I wouldnt mind seeing a sequal. Years later Max returns. Maybe this time we could see some of the other alien homeworlds. And maybe the agedboy hooked up with jessica parker seeing as they were around the same age? But no that would be too original. Whats next short circuit?

  24. I am afraid the current generations raised on video games and preplanned activities have left them very lacking in their own creativity. Why else would they keep falling back on remakes and sequels. Yes, it is nice to see some of the old classics done with all the new technology but beyond that how many times can you rewrite something and make it worth watching.
    I find movies, television and park attractions have lacked the creativity that I come to expect.

  25. I don’t think it’s about a lack of creativity. I think it’s the people with the money no longer wanting to take anything close to a risk. They could try something new or they could do this thing that has been done before.

  26. Flight of the navigator 2 : Indian NASA scientist and ship v New world order Govs,bad aliens and Workd war 3

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