Another sci-fi film from the 1980s is getting a remake. But this time, instead of a widely known entity like RoboCop, it's the little-known cult classic Explorers. The film is often mistakenly lumped in with Steven Spielberg's Amblin classics from that era, but it actually was directed by a contemporary of his- the man behind Gremlins and The Howling- Joe Dante. Paramount has tapped Geoff Moore and Dave Posamentier (Better Living Through Chemistry) to write the re-do.
Explorers featured the screen debuts of River Phoenix and Ethan Hawke, in a story about young boys that build a homemade spaceship. The original film had a tumultuous production, with a release date that was moved up, and a third act that was written on-the-go. It flopped when it arrived in theaters, but found a new life all its own when it came out on home video.
Not much else is known about this Explorers remake, but I'll keep you posted. If you care.
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