– by Joseph Jammer Medina

If you’re like me, when you heard the name Joe Johnston was attached to CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER, you likely had a warm feeling of familiarity fill your gut. That film, after all, was being pegged as an adventure film during WWII — a territory Johnston had visited before when he directed 1991’s THE ROCKETEER. THE ROCKETEER carried all the classic “Tomorrowland”-esque visions of the future technology and spirit of high adventure that made it an irresistible film for me as a kid.

For those too young to remember (or those who skipped the film), it followed the character Cliff Secord who discovered a rocket pack, and becomes mixed up in a big scheme involving Nazis, the mob, Howard Hughes, and the FBI.

According to THR, Disney is hard at work developing a reboot to the 1991 film, and have hired Max Winkler (son of actor Henry Winkler) and Matt Spicer, who worked on the upcoming film MAGIC CAMP, to develop the script. The project will be entitled THE ROCKETEERS, and, in effect, will be handled as more of a sequel-reboot than just a reboot.

In addition to that, the outlet stated that the film is currently in early development, but the current plan is to have it headlined by a black female character.

Here’s what else THR had to say about how this film would differentiate itself from the original:

“The new take keeps the story in a period setting and offers a fresh view on the characters. Set six years after the original ROCKETEER and after Secord has vanished while fighting the Nazis, an unlikely new hero emerges: a young African–American female pilot, who takes up the mantle of Rocketeer in an attempt to stop an ambitious and corrupt rocket scientist from stealing jetpack technology in what could prove to be a turning point in the Cold War.”

I’m not quite sure how this timeline matches up. The original film took place in 1938, and if this is six years later, then that puts it at before the conclusion of WWII, meaning Nazis would still be a thing, and the Cold War wouldn’t be quite underway just yet, let alone at a turning point. Then again, I’m not historian, so who knows what kind of stuff was going on in the background back then. Guess we’ll have to wait and see how this all shakes out.

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Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.