Disney Studios is reportedly developing a reimagining of Flight Of The Navigator for Disney+. The 1986 sci-fi movie starred Joey Cramer, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Veronica Cartwright.
The story follows a boy who disappears, and when he is found he has been gone eight years but hasn’t aged a day. A mysterious link is revealed between him and an intelligent, wisecracking alien ship which was voiced by Paul Reubens.
The movie was considered cutting edge at the time, with some of the scenes with the Trimaxion Drone Ship rendered in early CGI by Omnibus Computer Animation, under the supervision of Jeff Kleiser, the brother of director Randal Kleiser.
Flight Of The Navigator was the first film to use reflection mapping to create realistic reflections on a simulated chrome surface. Effects were rendered on a Foonly F1 computer before being matted onto the film print. The computer did not have much storage space so once the frame was mapped the data was deleted to make way for the new frame. The rest of the shots were completed using one of two life-size props or miniatures on a computer-operated camera.
Kleiser (Grease, The Blue Lagoon) directed the original from a script by Michael Burton and Phil Joanou.
The original is much loved and was very well received on release. It holds an 84% rating even to this day on Rotten Tomatoes, which says:
“Bolstered by impressive special effects and a charming performance from its young star, Flight of the Navigator holds up as a solidly entertaining bit of family-friendly sci-fi.”
According to Deadline this remake will fire up the Gender-O-Tron and switch the main character from a boy to a girl because reasons. Bryce Dallas Howard is attached to direct and produce this remake after her efforts on The Mandalorian.
No word yet on whether Puckmaren will make an appearance.