Tuesday 31 August 2021

The Return of the Rocketeer on Disney+

On Monday, I was discussing my hopes for a spin-off series for The Rocketeer on Disney+ with LiveForFilms' (LFF) Phil Edwards. 30 years after the original movie rocketed into cinemas, Disney's purportedly working on a live-action sequel for Disney+ according to Deadline! How's that for a coincidence?

The original movie, directed by Joe Johnston (Captain America: The First Avenger) and starring Billy Campbell as the titular Rocketeer, was a rollicking, rollercoaster ride in the matinee style of Indiana Jones and boasted a spectacular soundtrack by the late Hollywood film composer James Horner (Aliens). Years later, The Rocketeer would serve as a template for the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) beginning with Jon Favreau's Iron Man.

The Rocketeer's roots are firmly founded in the Saturday morning serial King of the Rocket Men. Andrew Lewin, blogger and collaborator, heroically donned a jet pack in search of skybound adventure battling Nazis when news of a reboot captured the imagination of fans (myself included) in 2016.

The Rocketeer, starring Billy Campbell and teenage crush Jennifer Connelly (Labyrinth), is streaming now on Disney+.

Are you excited for The Return of the Rocketeer on Disney+ and what are your memories of the fan-favourite original? Let me know in the comments below.

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