I love love love Flight of the Navigator. I watched it on a loop as a kid, engrossed by its kid-friendly adventure as well as the sci-fi, alien, and time travel elements that made it great.
Really, it was one of my first forays into the world of alien spacecraft, government agencies and robots, and it stuck with me for years. It wasn’t the most original piece, but I didn’t know that at the time.
Now we get word from the Hollywood Reporter that Disney has decided to remake the film, no doubt giving it the Witch Mountain treatment.
Now, I’m not going to claim that the original is amazing and can’t be touched; I recognize my own prejudice is loving it so much. I will say, though, that adding a big-budget adventure element or a series of kid-friendly and silly jokes will not improve the source material in any way. If this one is remade with care and attention, it could really become a classic for a whole new generation of kids. That’s what I’ll hope for at least.
An interesting side note…the first movie grossed only $17 million theatrically, so it wasn’t a hit. On video, though, it more than made a profit. So never say Hollywood only remakes uber-successful (theatrical) films or cinema classics. Still, it bugs me that Disney can’t find an original thought as compelling as Flight of the Navigator. I guess any name recognition is better than none, marketing wise, and Disney wants to get parents to bring their kids to a movie that has some nostalgic value. It’s an easier sell.
So who wants Paul Reubens as the cracked-out alien robot thing?