Disney Bringing Back Randal Kleiser's Flight of the Navigator
by Alex Billington
May 25, 2009
Another day, another remake. Disney is readying another launch of the sci-fi adventure movie Flight of the Navigator. The original film came out in 1986 and starred Joey Cramer as a boy who takes command over an alien spaceship and goes joyriding around the world. Disney has hired Wild Hogs screenwriter Brad Copeland to write the new script, but they haven't chosen a director yet. John Hyde, who executive produced the first one, will return in the same role this time as well. If this turns out anything like the Race to Witch Mountain remake (which was a classic Disney sci-fi from 1975 modernized), then I will be quite upset.
Flight of the Navigator was made fairly inexpensively and only grossed $18 million in its theatrical run, becoming a bigger hit on VHS. I'm expecting Disney to pump some money into this, as it probably needs to be big and flashy this time to capture the interest of today's young audiences. I'm a bit upset by this news because Flight of the Navigator was one of my absolute favorites as a kid. I saw it again earlier this year at the New Beverly and it was just as great as I remember, even though it could use a remake. Unfortunately, I fear this will end up as bad as either of the Race to Witch Mountain or Day the Earth Stood Still remakes.