Disney released The Rocketeer in 1991, and despite it’s modest box office numbers, it went on to become a cult classic. The Rocketeer revolved around a pilot from the 1940’s who discovered a rocket pack, and used it for his “superhero” identity as “The Rocketeer.” Throughout the course of the film, he battled mobsters, villains, and Nazi agents who were after the rocket pack for their own malicious purposes.

Here we are now 25 years later, and Disney has officially announced a reboot of the original Rocketeer movie that will be titled The Rocketeers.

According to THR, The Rocketeers will be written by Matt Spicer and Max Winkler, and will be produced by Brigham Taylor (The Jungle Book), Blake Griffin (LA Clippers), and Ryan Kalil (Carolina Panthers).

The Rocketeers will take place six years after the original Rocketeer and revolves around a young African-American female pilot, who finds the original Rocketeer’s gear and uses it to battle a corrupt rocket scientist seeking to steal the rocket pack technology, just as the Cold War (around 1947) begins in full.

The idea of an African-American woman acting as a superhero in the late 1940’s, early 1950’s (pre Civil Rights era), a time period where both women and people of color experienced heavy oppression and were granted very few civil liberties is certainly a unique twist. It will be interesting to see how a black woman superhero emerges during a time period where black women have been depicted cinematically in the traditional subservient roles of the time period. We are certainly excited to see how this story evolves!

There are no leads attached to this film as of yet, as it is still very early in the development phase; however, this is very exciting news! Who would you like to see cast as a lead?

Who would you like to see direct this film?