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There are dozens of films sitting inside the Disney vault which could conceivably be remade to generate a profit. Oddly, rumor has it the studio is convinced The Rocketeer is among them. Released in 1991, the movie got halfway decent reviews but wasn’t fully embraced by audiences. It never broke fifty million dollars at the US Box Office, and plans for a series of follow-up films were immediately dropped, at least until new headman Alan Horn (Cody Horn’s father) took over and apparently got excited about a remake.
According to Vulture, Disney executives haven’t spoken publically about the reasons they’re allegedly on board with The Rocketeer, but one would imagine the incredible profits of the Disney-owned Marvel movies influenced their decision. Few projects can generate as crazy of a return as big budget, summer action films, and while the studio failed to charm the fanbase they were looking for the first time around, with a new angle, they could potentially have something.
To make success more likely, Disney could try to hire one of the men they’ve turned to for the recent string of Marvel hits, though, if they do, it’s unlikely they’ll settle on Joe Johnston. The Captain America director generated a nice profit with his film last year, but he also made the original Rocketeer. Something tells me giving him another shot with the same character isn’t what they have in mind.
With no word publicly and not a single person hired to work on the film, a Rocketeer movie is far from a guarantee, but whether it moves forward right now or not, it will remain a strange possibility.