'Flight of the Navigator': Remake Time

May 26, 2009


Flight of the Navigator, the '80s film where a kid flew around in a silver pod--of which my only memory is of the alien on-board computer eye-bot thing doing an impression of Pee-wee Herman (because it was Pee-wee Herman), but which I've still decided is an untouchable classic--is going to be remade with computers that will render a slightly more convincing silver pod:

Disney is readying another launch of sci-fi adventure movie "Flight of the Navigator."

Brad Copeland is writing the remake, which is being produced by Mandeville partners David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman.

The 1986 original told the story of a 12-year-old boy who is abducted by an alien spacecraft in 1978 and reappears eight years later, still the same age and with no memory of what happened. NASA scientists discover a connection between the boy and a downed spacecraft and try to exploit the boy, who ultimately escapes with the ship and attempts to reunite with his family.

Now, before you ask, yes, Mac and Me is next. No announcement has been made, but all the signs are there. There will be Mac and Me, then a remake of the pilot episode of Small Wonder, and finally a remake of The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes (specifically, a remake of the 1995 Kirk Cameron television remake, not the original). It's all part of a plan to make updated versions of my most dim and obscure memories of family-friendly science fiction.

'Navigator' to take flight again [THR]

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