Disney has hired Colin Trevorrow and Derek Connolly, the director and writer, respectively, of the indie darling “Safety Not Guaranteed,” to rewrite the 1986 family-friendly sci-fi adventure “Flight of the Navigator.”
“Variety” also reports that the project is considered a “potential directing vehicle” for Trevorrow. Brad Copeland was hired to write a first draft in 2009.
The 1980s was full with dark children’s movies: “Explorers,” “The Never-Ending Story,” “Cloak & Dagger.” Connolly has a soft spot for “Navigator,” which follows a boy who disappears in the 1970s and reappears eight years later looking exactly the same. Boy, the eighties were strange. Let’s make a kids’ movie on a missing child just a hiccup after Adam Walsh made headlines from coast to coast.
Trevorrow isn’t so keen on the movie, but he told “Variety” that could be an asset: ”‘Flight of the Navigator’ wasn’t a seminal movie of my childhood but I remember liking it and the original meant a lot to Colin as a kid, so it’s really his baby. It’ll be good to have some balance so it’s not two fanboys writing the movie.”
Amen, brother. Amen.
“Flight of the Navigator” isn’ the only item on Connolly and Trevorrow’s agenda. They are working on two projects together, including another one for Disney, while Connolly is writing something for Pixar.