Flight Of The Navigator Remake Near Take-Off

A potential remake of the much-loved 1986 sci-fi family adventure movie Flight Of The Navigator has been kicking around at Disney for a couple of years, but it looks like it could now be near to take off with the news that two new writers (one of them a possible director) have come on board.

Variety reports that Disney has signed up Colin Trevorrow and Derek Connolly to provide a draft. Tevorrow, who is apparently a childhood fan of the original, may also direct.

Teverrow and Connolly are the directing/writing team behind the critically-acclaimed time travel comedy Safety Not Guaranteed (see the trailer below) which is released in the UK on 26 December.

The original film is about a 12-year-old boy, David, who’s abducted by an alien spacecraft, then reappears eight years later, still the same age but with no memory of what happened. But NASA becomes interested when there seems be to be a connection between the boy and a mysterious spaceship they’ve captured. It was one of the earliest films to use CG effects extensively, and the very first to use reflection mapping software to create realistically shiny, metallic surfaces.