Colin Trevorrow to Direct the ‘Flight of the Navigator’ Remake

Published 2 years ago by , Updated March 9th, 2013 at 2:03 pm,

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Recent breakout filmmaker Colin Trevorrow shot down rumors that he’s up to direct Star Wars: Episode VII a week ago, saying that “there is another film we all love that I’m currently trying not to mess up.” It turns out that project is indeed another gestating Disney sci-fi movie based on a cherished property – namely, a remake of Flight of the Navigator.

For those who aren’t up to snuff on kids movies from the ’80s: Navigator is a 1986 film about a young boy (Joey Cramer) who vanishes in 1978 and reappears eight years later not a day older (and with no memory of what happened). NASA scientists recognize a connection between the boy and a crashed spacecraft, which is controlled by a visitor from another world (voiced by Paul Reubens, with almost no trace of Pee-Wee Herman in his performance).

Variety is reporting that Disney has hired Trevorrow and Derek Connolly (the writer for Trevorrow’s breakout hit Safety Not Guaranteed) to revamp the current script draft for the Flight of the Navigator remake, to serve as a potential directing vehicle for Trevorrow (who is simultaneously developing an original project for the studio, with the logline currently under-wraps).

Brad Copeland (Arrested Development, The In-Betweeners) penned the previous draft back in 2009, but this particular remake has failed to get off the ground since then (no pun intended). Of course, seeing how Copeland’s feature-length writing credits include Wild Hogs and Yogi Bear, there’s probably a good reason for that…

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Trevorrow was recently rumored to direct ‘Star Wars 7′

There are no details yet about how Trevorrow and Connolly are approaching the original story for Flight of the Navigator – or how they plan to update the film to make it ‘fresh’ and ‘unique’, as is now the common lingo in Hollywood. However, the latter did offer Variety the following food for thought:

“‘Flight of the Navigator’ wasn’t a seminal movie of my childhood but I remember liking it and the original meant a lot to Colin as a kid, so it’s really his baby. It’ll be good to have some balance so it’s not two fanboys writing the movie.”

That’s actually encouraging to hear, seeing how when the main creative forces behind a remake/reboot of an established property are fanboys, you tend to end up with something less like Star Trek and more, well… Dark Shadows, sorry to say.

Moreover, Safety Not Guaranteed has received lots of praise for being imaginative, yet grounded, in its examination of time-travel, which bodes well for having the duo behind that film work on Navigator. Here’s hoping that Trevorrow and Connolly don’t lose their way during the jump to studio fare.

Screen Rant will keep you posted on the Flight of the Navigator remake as more information is released.

Source: Variety

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  1. Was waiting for them to remake this, although the original was awesome for it’s time. I still sit and watch if it’s on TV lol

  2. I loved this when I was a kid. Now my kids can have their own version to enjoy! :)

    • Or it can be horrible like a lot of Hollywood remakes.

      • yep it prob will some movies should never ever be remade

  3. I hope they do this justice.
    I was about the same age as the kid in the story when it came out, I looked alot like him, and I even had an irritating little brother. Needless to say, I loved the film; it really resonated with me at the time, and still does today.

  4. He wasn’t kidding about drawing internet ire over his secret project. I haven’t seen too much hate yet, but I’m seething inside. There haven’t actually been too many remakes of movies I outright loved as a kid, but this one is one of ’em. I’ll wait to pass judgment, but I’m not optimistic.

  5. Oooooooh well I suppose it is like 20 odd years old and has probably dated quite a bit, not seen it for years, im waiting to hear about a Goonies remake, then I really will implode!

  6. This was one of my favorites as a child, it still is. They have to get Reubens to reprise his role as Max and keep Bay as far away from it as possible.

    • I agree, get Reubens back.

  7. Cant even begin to explain how much I enjoyed this movie as a kid. Something about the concept and how it was a great blend of scifi and kids movie. Please for all that is holy I hope they dont go off the deep end with the CGI. IMO too many movies these days are going above and beyond to overdo it and completely lose the audience. I know that its a space ship movie, but the aliens/puppets in the first one made the movie for me.

    Cross my fingers.

  8. I love the original and still watch it from time to time. It actually holds up pretty well. And that’s exactly why I’m suspicious about the project. Ah well, I’ll wait and see. They probably make it dark and gritty, as they do with almost all remakes these days. 😉

  9. I still own this movie. I loved it when I was younger. I hope it doesnt fall in the same path as most movie remakes, that of dull and pointless. This movie is a classic for me but I would love to see a good remake if they dont get too far away from the original story.

  10. Compliance!

  11. I’m usually open to remakes, a lot of the movies from back then could do with a little polish, but it’s really getting out of hand. Some movies just need to be left alone.

    • +1
      I watch this film recently with some friends who had never even heard of it, and they absolutely loved it,
      for me that supports the idea that this movie doesn’t need a remake, after all if it ain’t broke don’t fix it

  12. I was wondering what was taking them so long to do a remake of this movie,not that I actually want to see it.

  13. This would be another “trip to memory lane” for me. Enjoyed this movie when I was a kid. I sure hope they won’t ruin this.

  14. Fantastic movie and memories about to be ruined once again, come on Hollywood – get some NEW ideas!!

  15. I try not to hate things before giving them a fair chance. But this little movie is just so unique. I love how representative it is of its time in every way. I love the creepy soundtrack. I love how the mystery of it all kind of makes you uncomfortable, and yet there’s such joy at the heart of it.

    I have a hard time imagining that a remake could do all that again. They could do a new movie on the same premise, but I don’t think anything could ever surpass the original.

  16. How does Colin Trevorrow become a better filmmaker? By doing something original and NOT doing a remake of Flight of the Navigator.


  18. When I heard rumors of this remake I got excited. One of my favorite movies ever and I hope they remake it with the marvels of modern technology but geared more for adults without the Peewee Herman garbage. To all you haters: you don’t have to watch it.

  19. Awesome. One of my favs growing up.

  20. Awesome, I still love watching the original!

    “If you wanna learn how to swim, you gotta jump in the water”

  21. Please do not remake this movie. It was my favorite as a kid. Kids these days need to appreciate originals not have to have everything tailored to them. DO NOT TOUCH THIS MOVIE!!!

    • Exactly!

  22. If they remake this movie, I’m moving to Phaelon, because I won’t want to live on this planet anymore. Disney, there are a million awesome story ideas out there, seriously you don’t have to remake everything from my childhood and from other people’s childhoods. I’ve written plenty of original stories, call me up guys! I need a job anyway!

  23. Change nothing story wise keep Reubens and just update the visuals. Keep everything true to the source!