'Flight of the Navigator' Remake Gets New Writers, Director

November 28, 2012


As Mac and Me is still considered sacrosanct, Disney has returned to the task of making Flight of the Navigator better with computer animations and newness, and they've just brought in a new team to remake the 1986 sci-fi adventure for a generation less enthusiastic about abduction by the voice of Pee-wee Herman.

Apparently displeased with what Wild Hogs and Yogi Bear writer Brad Copeland delivered back in 2009, the studio has hired on the Safety Not Guaranteed team of Colin Trevorrow and Derek Connolly to re-write their Flight of the Navigator script, with the film being seen as a directing vehicle for Trevorrow--who was recently rumored for involvement on the Star Wars sequels, which he quickly denied, as he didn't want to mess up an opportunity to helm this other sci-fi thing with funny-voiced aliens.

The original film concerned a boy who gets taken by what's basically a giant chrome bike helmet, a sentient alien spacecraft containing a fancy chair and a robot eyeball. Over the course of an intergalactic, four-hour journey--which ends up being 8 years on earth due to time dilation, because this is HARD sci-fi--boy and robot eyeball bond, with the latter eventually learning emotion, dancin' to the oldies, and the joyful irreverence of Paul Reubens:

So imagine that with more CGI things, and probably Jim Carrey doing the shouting.

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