Showing posts with label indiana jones. Show all posts
Showing posts with label indiana jones. Show all posts

Tuesday, 14 February 2023

Indiana Jones and the Super Bowl

During the Super Bowl, Lucasfilm dropped a new trailer for Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny.

The action-packed clip shows Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) punching Nazis and diving out of a stricken Heinkel He 111 bomber with his goddaughter Helena (Phoebe Waller-Bridge).

Whilst director Steven Spielberg (Raiders of the Lost Ark) isn't returning for the fifth instalment in the franchise created by George Lucas (Star Wars), John Williams is back to compose the music for the man in the hat.

With the return of Indiana Jones and Michael Keaton's Batman in The Flash, this summer will be like the summer of 1989. And I'm here for it.

Will Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny be a legacy sequel comparable to stablemate Star Wars: The Force Awakens? Fans (myself included) will find out on 30th June.

Are you looking forward to Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny? What did you think of the trailer? Let me know in the comments below.

Saturday, 28 January 2023

Amazon adventures for Tomb Raider

Following rumours of a new Tomb Raider video game announcement at this year's E3, Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag) is purportedly in talks to develop a live-action series for Amazon Prime.

The beloved video game franchise was rebooted to critical acclaim in 2013 with Camilla Luddington (Grey's Anatomy) playing Lara Croft. This is the year PlayStation exclusive The Last of Us was also released. The latter has a live-action adaptation currently streaming on HBO Max.

Waller-Bridge’s first archaeological adventure is starring alongside Harrison Ford in Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny this June.

Are you excited about a Tomb Raider series from Phoebe Waller-Bridge on Amazon Prime? Who would you like to see play the titular character? Let me know in the comments below.

Thursday, 26 January 2023

Steven Spielberg biopic on John Williams

Following their appearance at an American Cinematheque event, director Steven Spielberg (Jaws) has announced a documentary on legendary composer John Williams' life.

Williams' soundtracks are synonymous with Spielberg's movies. From Jaws to E.T. and Jurassic Park to The Fabelmans, Williams' scores have been the beating heart. And then there are stellar soundtracks for Star Wars, Superman and many more.

Laurent Bouzereau (Five Came Back) will direct with Spielberg acting as executive producer.

Williams is currently composing music for Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny and has decided he won't be retiring after all. May the Force be with him. Always.

Sunday, 15 January 2023

John Williams surprises Steven Spielberg

Oscar-winning composer John Williams (Star Wars) isn't retiring after all according to Variety!

Last year, Williams announced Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny would be his final movie soundtrack. However, during an American Cinematheque event with longtime creative collaborator Steven Spielberg (Jaws), Williams surprised everyone by saying he would no longer retire.

“Well, Steven is a lot of things,” said the 90-year-old composer. “He’s a director, he’s a producer, he’s a studio head, he’s a writer, he’s a philanthropist, he’s an educator. One thing he isn’t is a man you can say no to.”

“You never told me that before today,” said The Fabelmans director.

Continued Williams, “I had a 90th birthday and I met a woman at my age up in Boston. She was a very nice lady, exactly the same age as I, and I said to her, the greatest decade in a man’s life is 80 to 90, if you have your health, because if you get to 90, there’s an enormous compensation. You see everything with such magnetic vision that you recognize the most beautiful thing in the world are Peruvian butterflies. There’s nothing more beautiful than that. And so it’s the greatest decade. And she said, ‘No, the greatest decade in a person’s life is 90 to 100. So I’ll stick around for a while… But also, you can’t retire from music. I said earlier, it’s like breathing. It’s your life. It’s my life. And so a day without music is a mistake.”

Spielberg in reply: “I gotta get working, to find out what the hell I’m doing next.”

45 years ago, I began my soundtrack odyssey with the original Star Wars double LP. Like many, Williams has composed the soundtrack to my life.

I, for one, can't wait to see where Spielberg and Williams take cinema audiences next.

Wednesday, 28 December 2022

Classic FM interviews John Williams

It's Betwixmas! So, as I watch festive fare on a new Sony BRAVIA XR Master Series OLED, my first Sony television in twenty years, I thought I'd share this exclusive Classic FM interview with legendary Hollywood composer John Williams (Star Wars) from last summer.

Whilst Williams has announced he's retiring from composing movie music after Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny, he would love to compose music for the James Bond franchise.

Williams' lost soundtrack for SpaceCamp was our inaugural Star Tracks feature reviewed by Nick Smith.

What's your favourite John Williams soundtrack from Harry Potter to Star Wars? Is it possible to choose? Let me know in the comments below.

Monday, 19 December 2022

Steven Spielberg on Desert Island Discs

Steven Spielberg, director of award-winning blockbusters from Jaws to Schindler's List, is a guest on BBC Radio 4's Desert Island Discs.

Along with George Lucas (Star Wars), Spielberg is the defining film director of my life. Seeing Close Encounters of the Third Kind soon after Star Wars was a seminal experience. The music of John Williams is inextricably linked to both Hollywood auteurs.

Spielberg speaks of his regret regarding shark hunting in the wake of Jaws' success.

You can listen to Lauren Laverne's interview with Spielberg on BBC Sounds.

What's your favourite Steven Spielberg movie? Let me know in the comments below.

Friday, 2 December 2022

Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny

On Thursday, Lucasfilm released an official trailer for Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny.

The upcoming sequel in the fan-favourite franchise created by George Lucas (Star Wars), directed by James Mangold (Logan), will be the first from Lucasfilm following its acquisition by Disney in 2012 and without Steven Spielberg (The Fabelmans) at the helm.

Oscar-winning composer John Williams (Jaws) is back composing music for the man in the hat played by Harrison Ford (Indiana Jones). Williams has said this will be his final movie soundtrack.

Will Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny be a legacy sequel comparable to stablemate Star Wars: The Force Awakens? Fans (myself included) will find out on 30th June 2023.

Are you looking forward to Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny? What did you think of the trailer? Let me know in the comments below.

Thursday, 10 November 2022

Indiana Jones series on Disney+

With a Willow spin-off sequel series premiering this Thanksgiving, Variety exclusively reports an Indiana Jones series is in development for Disney+.

This isn't the first time the fan-favourite Lucasfilm franchise, created by George Lucas (Star Wars), has been on television.

Back in the early nineties, The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles aired on ABC with Harrison Ford making a cameo as the titular adventurer. I vividly remember watching the pioneering award-winning series on Sky One in the UK and listening to the Varèse Sarabande soundtracks as I toiled away on undergraduate scripts with Nick Smith, wrote essays and read the latest issue of The Lucasfilm Fan Club magazine (rebranded as Star Wars Insider).

Whilst fans (myself included) wait for Indiana Jones 5, a video game for Xbox Series S|X and a new spin-off series, how about releasing The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles on Disney+? I've requested the series via the app.

Would you like to see an Indiana Jones spin-off series on Disney+? Let me know in the comments below.

Tuesday, 18 October 2022

Harrison Ford joins the MCU

According to an exclusive report from Deadline, Harrison Ford (Star Wars) is joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) as General Thaddeus 'Thunderbolt' Ross in Marvel Studios' Captain America: New World Order.

The role was recast following the death of William Hurt (Lost in Space).

Ford is synonymous with Lucasfilm's Star Wars and Indiana Jones franchises and Blade Runner. The Hollywood icon most recently finished filming Indiana Jones 5 for release on 30th June 2023.

The next instalment in the Captain America franchise follows events in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier live-action series on Disney+.

Are you looking forward to seeing Harrison Ford in the MCU? Let me know in the comments below.

Sunday, 2 October 2022

Indiana Jones at Hasbro Pulse Con

Hasbro Pulse Con 2022 has concluded. There were exciting announcements for fans (myself included) of Hasbro’s own and licensed brands, and pre-order controversy.

The Selfie Series was announced for the Hasbro Pulse app in the US only. Allowing action figure fans to see themselves immortalised as their favourite characters. I’ve always pictured myself as Luke Skywalker (Stormtrooper) rescuing Princess Leia. Toy Galaxy's Dan Larson shared his hilarious Power Rangers selfie that looked like something out of the Nintendo 64 (N64) era.

As a lifelong Lucasfilm fan, I was looking forward to the new Indiana Jones toy line based on Raiders of the Lost Ark. Like many kids of my generation, I missed out on Kenner’s classic action figures when its Star Wars license ruled the toy aisles in the early eighties. Frankly, I never knew the toy line existed until years later when a friend pointed them out to me in a local comic book store.

Hasbro's new series looks phenomenal and includes The Adventures of Indiana Jones and a Kenner-branded Retro Collection (affiliate link). As a generalist collector of franchises, The Adventures of Indiana Jones piqued my interest with the first wave including the titular archaeologist, Marion Ravenwood, Sallah, René Belloq and Major Arnold Toht (affiliate link).

Further movie-themed sets are sure to follow given the renewed interest in the franchise with the release of Indiana Jones 5 in 2023.

Given all the buzz surrounding Hasbro Pulse Con and no longer a Hasbro Pulse Premium member, I patiently waited on my iPad for 11:00 PM (BST). I pre-ordered the man in the hat and Staff of Ra Headpiece (affiliate link) electronic roleplay collectable.

And, seemingly against the odds, successfully pre-ordered G.I. Joe Classified Series Serpentor & Air Chariot! The coveted con exclusive sold out within four minutes of going on sale to the general public, leaving disappointed fans taking to social media to vent their frustration.

To celebrate securing Serpentor, I added ‘Cover Girl’ and CRIMSON B.A.T. They'll look great alongside Croc Master & Fiona. For better or worse, G.I. Joe is now a Hasbro Pulse exclusive outside the US.

Further to last week's surprise announcement that Hasbro is producing Dungeons & Dragons cartoon classics action figures, I pre-ordered the first wave. Soon Hank, Bobby & Uni and Diana (affiliate links) will be battling Venger under the watchful gaze of Dungeon Master.

This Transformers: Generation 1 fan couldn't resist Transformers Generations Legacy A Hero is Born 2-Pack. The mythology of Orion Pax being rebuilt, by Alpha Trion, as Optimus Prime is something special from my childhood in the wake of the Autobot leader's death in Transformers: The Movie.

I know nothing about Transformers Legacy Evolution Comic Universe Tarn (affiliate link). However, he's too cool to pass up with his awesome Decepticon insignia face mask and scoped blaster. It more than makes up for the disappointing Megatron H.I.S.S. Tank. Cancelled my pre-order after reading this excellent review of the Transformers Collaborative: G.I. Joe Mash-Up.

Nothing from Ghostbuters, Marvel Legends Series, Power Rangers or Star Wars The Black Series caught my eye, which is probably for the best given the cost of living crisis.

Overall, not a shabby Hasbro haul for toy photography on Instagram.

Did you watch Hasbro Pulse Con 2022? What did you think? Were you able to pre-order the products you wanted? Let me know in the comments below.

Thursday, 29 September 2022

Star Wars composer John Williams knighted

Oscar-winning Star Wars composer John Williams has been bestowed with an honorary knighthood for his services to film music.

Williams is rightly regarded as one of the world's greatest film composers and has won numerous awards during his long career. From his stellar collaborations with Steven Spielberg and George Lucas, generations of moviegoers (myself included) will be familiar with his lush orchestrations.

Queen Elizabeth II made John Williams one of her last knights before passing away recently. Williams’ name was on the list of honorary awards for foreign nationals alongside other big names including former Disney CEO Bob Iger.

Williams most recently composed the main theme for Obi-Wan Kenobi on Disney+ and scored Steven Spielberg's semi-autobiographical The Fabelmans. He announced his retirement from movie music following Indiana Jones 5.

What are your favourite John Williams soundtracks? Let me know in the comments below.

Tuesday, 13 September 2022

Spielberg’s Super 8 dreams in The Fabelmans

“Movies are dreams that you never forget!” Judging by the trailer, director Steven Spielberg’s The Fabelmans is his most autobiographical movie in many a year. A family in turmoil is a catalyst as in Close Encounters of the Third Kind and E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. All underscored by composer John Williams (Jaws).

There’s a profound resonance with my own childhood (overshadowed by a life-changing trauma) and escaping into a darkened theatre to watch Spielberg’s movies and that of his friend and longtime collaborator, Star Wars creator George Lucas. At the end of Close Encounters of the Third Kind, 6-year-old me desperately wanted to board the mothership with Roy Neary (Richard Dreyfuss).

The Fabelmans is in theatres this Thanksgiving.

Monday, 5 September 2022

Star Tracks: Willow

Willow returns with Warwick Davis (Star Wars) reprising the titular role this holiday season on Disney+.

In anticipation, Hollywood composer James Horner's original Willow soundtrack gets the Star Tracks treatment. Like John Williams (Jaws) and Jerry Goldsmith (Alien), Horner was integral to my formative soundtrack education as I underwent rehabilitation for a life-changing neurological injury.

Nick Smith, our resident US-based media maverick, goes on an epic fantasy adventure courtesy of the fine folks at Intrada.

Guest post by Nick Smith

With a Willow trailer previewed and a panel discussion at this year’s Star Wars Celebration, it’s the perfect time to visit the original movie and its evocative soundtrack by the late Hollywood composer, James Horner.

A new Intrada release shines a deserved spotlight on the score, with over half an hour of previously unreleased cues, all mastered from original digital stereo mixes. All told, we get over 100 minutes of music, making the original album seem brownie-sized in comparison.

Willow was released in 1988 to great fanfare. However, it lacked the same universal appeal as Executive Producer George Lucas’ other brainchildren, Star Wars and Indiana Jones.

Taking some of its inspiration from The Lord of the Rings and Arthurian myth, this one was for lovers of epic fantasy, the Dungeons & Dragons (D&D) crowd, families and special effects junkies, hiring 650 extras and filming in numerous international locations.

In the thick of it, was the diminutive Willow. Per film writer Marcus Hearn, Lucas has said, ‘a lot of my movies are about a little guy against the system, and this was just a more literal interpretation of that idea.’

Director Ron Howard, on a high after Splash (1984) and Cocoon (1985), had just the correct sensibilities for an adventure film with wide appeal. Willow was a hit, with a worldwide box office of almost $138 million. But it wasn’t the megahit MGM/United Artists hoped for.

Three decades later, Willow is still fun to watch, mainly thanks to the confident performances by the 18-year-old Warwick Davis (Willow Ufgood), Val Kilmer (Madmartigan), Joanne Whalley (Sorsha) and Jean ‘Upstairs Downstairs’ Marsh, who plays the deliciously wicked sorceress Bavmorda.

Willow is even more fun to listen to, with a score as lavish as the accompanying images. Dozens of instruments and several distinct melodies collide as the film builds to its climax.

What does an exotic fantasy world sound like? Acoustic instruments? Heavy drumbeats? Magical synth twinkles? Horner melded all of the above on a gig that in many ways was a composer’s dream. He had a sizeable budget and few constraints to stick by. He wasn’t depicting ‘30s New Orleans or ‘80s LA. He was able to help build a brand new world with his score, with a heavy dose of light-heartedness, strong character themes and a fast pace.

This wasn’t Horner’s first unicorn rodeo. He’d created the distinctive music for Krull (1983) with far fewer resources at his disposal. With Willow, Horner was able to go for broke. ‘I am… a doctor of music,’ Horner said, according to Jean-Baptiste Martin who runs the James Horner Film Music website. ‘I listened to, studied and analysed a lot of music. I also enjoy metaphors, the art of quoting and of cycles. The harmonic draft of the Willow score, and most particularly its spiritual side, came from such a cycle, from such mythology and music history that I was taught, and that I myself convey with my own emotions and compositions.’

Horner pulls from a Slavic liturgy, Mozart’s Requiem, a Bulgarian peasant song, Bartok, Holst, Prokoviev, Schuman and Edvard Grieg. The musicologist’s gleeful research pays off in tracks like Airk’s Army and Elora Danan, which introduce many of the soundtrack’s major themes. There’s a potent sense of society and tradition, especially in The Nelwyns and The Nelwyns No. 2 – imagine The Dark Crystal’s Podlings dancing to an African beat, diamonds on the soles of their tiny shoes, and you’ll get a good idea of how that sequence sounds.

To further the sense that we were trotting through a weird new world, Horner turned to quaint instruments and objects like an Irish bodhran drum, a Chinese opera gong, an ocarina, conch shells, bagpipes, pan pipes (which are particularly distinct in a track called The Island) and even a plastic cup.

There are also hints of Horner’s previous scores – strings soar in Escape From The Tavern, sounding a lot like Stealing the Enterprise from Star Trek III: The Search For Spock (also available from Intrada).

Other cues, particularly Tir Asleen, evoke trademark Lucasfilm moments; you can imagine Lucas saying to Horner, ‘I want this to be John Williamsy. Can you make this Williamsy?’

Despite some intentionally discordant bits, for all its elements this ambitious score is remarkably cohesive and it sounds gorgeous in its new 2-CD form. After listening, we feel like we have been on an emotionally satisfying journey through a believable world, where there are consequences to each of the characters’ actions, highlighted in the music.

When the sonic adventure is over, I miss its charm and imagination, the way it depicts the triumph of light over darkness. Fortunately, it’s almost time to visit Willow’s land again in Lucasfilm’s forthcoming series on Disney+, heralded by Horner’s majestic theme tune.

Special thanks to Roger Feigelson at Intrada for providing a copy for review.

Thursday, 14 July 2022

Light & Magic on Disney+

Lucasfilm has released an official trailer for Light & Magic, the upcoming Disney+ original docuseries chronicling the history of Industrial Light & Magic (ILM).

ILM was founded by George Lucas to produce the special effects for Star Wars. The award-winning studio is synonymous with state-of-the-art movie magic.

Light & Magic features George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, Ron Howard, James Cameron, Kathleen Kennedy, and Lynwen Brennan, as well as ILM and VFX legends Dennis Muren, Joe Johnston, Rose Duignan, Phil Tippett, Richard Edlund, Jean Bolte, Doug Chiang, and many more.

Light & Magic, directed by Lawrence Kasdan, streams exclusively on 27th July on Disney+.

Are you looking forward to Light & Magic on Disney+? Let me know in the comments below.

Monday, 4 July 2022

John Williams retiring from movie music

Happy 4th of July to all our US-based readers! As has become an annual tradition, I'll be watching director Steven Spielberg's seminal summer blockbuster, Jaws.

The shark was brought vividly to life by Hollywood composer John Williams' unforgettable Oscar-winning soundtrack.

Williams, who celebrated his 90th birthday in February, has suggested the soundtrack for Indiana Jones 5 may be his last for the big screen. He most recently composed the main theme for Star Wars: Obi-Wan Kenobi on Disney+.

“At the moment I’m working on ‘Indiana Jones 5,’ which Harrison Ford — who’s quite a bit younger than I am — I think has announced will be his last film,” Williams says. “So, I thought: If Harrison can do it, then perhaps I can, also.”

The legendary movie music maestro, synonymous with the films of Steven Spielberg and George Lucas, has wowed generations of moviegoers and, by extension, scored the soundtrack to our lives. Oftentimes those lush scores transcend the movie itself.

SpaceCamp is a perfect example.

For years I've had to settle for listening to a suite from SpaceCamp on Star Tracks II, performed with gusto by Erich Kunzel and Cincinnati Pops Orchestra. I'm hoping to review the highly sought-after original soundtrack newly re-released by Intrada.

Williams has intuitively drawn on the timeless tapestries of forebears such as Erich Korngold, Gustav Holst and many more. As a child, I vividly remember listening to Holst’s Mars: The Bringer of War and excitedly thinking it reminded me of the Death Star trench battle from Star Wars: A New Hope. Mum graciously indulged this revelation.

It’s virtually inconceivable to think there potentially won’t be any further movie soundtracks bearing Williams’ name. However, he leaves an enviable legacy spanning six decades that will be listened to for generations to come.

Somewhere an aspiring cinephile will be discovering his soundtracks for the first time on Amazon Music, Apple Music and Spotify like I did in HMV.

What are your favourite John Williams soundtracks? Let me know in the comments below.

Sunday, 27 February 2022

That's a wrap for Indiana Jones 5

On Sunday, producer Frank Marshall tweeted Indiana Jones 5 had wrapped principal photography.

The upcoming sequel in the storied franchise created by George Lucas (Star Wars), directed by James Mangold (Logan), will be the first from Lucasfilm following its acquisition by Disney in 2012 and without Steven Spielberg (Raiders of the Lost Ark) at the helm.

"I understand wariness, I live it," Mangold took to Twitter after some fans reacted negatively to leaked photos last summer. "I don't know if I'll make you happy but my team and I will knock ourselves out trying to make something good. We admire the craft of the originals. I hope when you see real images, they'll look better to you than paparazzi shots from bushes.

"Maybe, just maybe, I won't let you down. I cherish old Hollywood pictures. Give me a little air to make the film. Then make your judgements, okay?"

John Williams is back composing music for the man in the hat played by Harrison Ford (Indiana Jones).

Will Indiana Jones 5 be a legacy sequel comparable to stablemate Star Wars: The Force Awakens? Fans (myself included) will find out on 30th June 2023.

Friday, 18 February 2022

John Williams composes theme for Obi-Wan

John Williams recently celebrated his 90th birthday. However, the veteran Hollywood composer, intrinsically linked with the movies of George Lucas and Steven Spielberg, shows no sign of retiring.

Not only is he hard at work composing music for Indiana Jones 5, but Variety also reports John Williams has composed the main theme for Star Wars: Obi-Wan Kenobi, which was recorded under tight security last week.

The Oscar-winning composer composed and conducted all nine soundtracks for the Skywalker Saga and composed The Adventures of Han for Solo: A Star Wars Story. I was already excited for the six-part special event series set a decade after Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith on Disney+.

Star Wars: Obi-Wan Kenobi premieres exclusively on Disney+ on 25th May.

Are you looking forward to the latest live-action Star Wars spin-off series? Let me know in the comments below.

Tuesday, 8 February 2022

Star Wars composer John Williams at 90

John Williams needs no introduction. The award-winning Hollywood composer is synonymous with the movies of George Lucas and Steven Spielberg. He turns 90 today, and I'd like to wish him a very happy birthday.

For seven decades, John Williams has written the soundtrack to the lives of generations of movie-goers (myself included) and continues to add emotional gravitas to summer blockbusters.

When I began the long journey of rehabilitation following a life-changing childhood trauma in 1977, his music for Star Wars, Close Encounters of the Third Kind and Superman: The Movie gave me inspiration and hope at a time of deep uncertainty about the future.

Every weekday lunchtime at home (the primary school I was moved to wouldn't accept liability outside of classroom hours) I'd eat a snack, play a John Williams soundtrack LP, and let my imagination soar as Palitoy Star Wars and Fisher-Price Adventure People action figures embarked on another galaxy-saving adventure.

John Williams' music for the 9-part Skywalker Saga is regarded as a touchstone - an education in the use of leitmotifs to tell a story spanning generations. The beloved composer shows no signs of retiring and is currently composing music for Indiana Jones 5.

From Harry Potter to Star Wars. What are your favourite John Williams soundtracks? Let me know in the comments below.

Friday, 28 January 2022

The toy Force is strong with Hasbro

Hasbro has renewed its license with Disney to produce Star Wars merchandise and added Lucasfilm stablemate Indiana Jones ahead of the untitled fifth film instalment in 2023.

"We're proud to deepen our close working relationship and collaborate with the Disney team to bring innovative and engaging play experiences to kids, fans, and families inspired by some of the world's most iconic entertainment brands," said Eric Nyman, Chief Consumer Officer, Hasbro, in a press release. "In addition to a slate of new collectibles, figures, role play gear, and games for Star Wars and Marvel, it's an honor to bring Indiana Jones back to Hasbro and help introduce the beloved franchise to a new generation of fans."

Kenner, which the Pawtucket-based company now owns, produced a toy line for Raiders of the Lost Ark but it never reached UK shores.

"Disney has long valued its relationship with Hasbro in developing fresh, imaginative products and toys that delight our fans of all ages," said Stephanie Young, President of Disney Consumer Products, Games and Publishing. "We're thrilled to continue collaborating with this iconic company—one that will help lift our consumer experiences across the Marvel, Star Wars and now Indiana Jones franchises to new heights for years to come."

Are you excited about Hasbro's new Indiana Jones toy line or do you prefer Star Wars and Marvel Legends? Let me know in the comments below.

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.