If you were born between the years 1975 and 1985, congratulations. Your childhood spanned the most culturally interesting period in human history. How else to explain contemporary Hollywood's ruthless pillaging of cherished shows from this era? Transformers, GI Joe, Thundercats and now...Flight of the Navigator. Walt Disney Pictures has announced plans to remake the 1986 children's sci-fi flick. For the uninitiated, it's a timeless tale of a boy who gets abducted by an alien probe, loses eight years due to the relativistic effects of faster-than-light travel, gets re-abducted by the same probe that needs a map contained within the boy's brain to get home, and then has a series of wacky and heartwarming adventures. Here's the original trailer:
As a kid, I was variously fascinated and terrified by the movie. I found the idea of getting abducted by a giant talking robo-eye in a ravine behind your house vaguely unsettling, mostly because there was a ravine behind my house. On the other hand, the idea of blasting around in shape-shifting spaceship that could also turn invisible was pretty cool. It may have also taught me to believe in myself, but in 1986 I was so inundated with that message by a variety of programs and books it's hard to establish a causal relationship.
No doubt, the remake will probably grossly pervert the spirit of the original, and will no doubt star Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson as the alien ship. Also, the guy writing it's only other contribution to the world of film is the Tim Allen/John Travolta "we're old!" vehicle, Wild Hogs. Nunc Scio is not optimistic.