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– by Nick Doll

The Flight of the Navigator reboot has a new writer. The Hollywood Reporter revealed that Joe Henderson, the showrunner behind Fox’s Lucifer, has been hired to write the reboot for the Jim Henson Company and Lionsgate.

The original 1986 kids sci-fi film focused on a 12-year-old boy who is abducted by a UFO only to return eight years later at the exact same age with no memories of his time away from Earth. The boy must figure out the mystery behind his disappearance and find his family, all the while being chased down by NASA officials who draw a connection between the boy and a recovered UFO.

Disney, the company behind the original film, tried rebooting the title themselves in 2009, at one point even having Jurassic World‘s Colin Trevorrow and Derek Connoly writing.

Henderson is known best for his work in television. In addition to Lucifer, he wrote for White Collar, Graceland, and Almost Human. His main film credit is a spec script he sold to Disney titled In the Land of Imagined Things.

Seeing as The Flight of the Navigator is in the early writing stages, details are scarce including a timetable for release.

Are you a fan of the original Flight of the Navigator? Are you down for a reboot, or is this one best left in the past? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below!

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SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter

  • Victor Roa

    as much as this is one of my childhood films….. man that begining part is so long until it gets to wacky robot Pee Wee Herman antics. Let hope they can handle directing children, It and Stranger Things it seems to be a good time to 80s inspired children’s films. It’s only a matter of time when we hear Explorers or D.A.R.Y.L. remakes