Colin Trevorrow‘s name has now become synonymous with the Star Wars brand, purely because he was rumored to be directing the next installment for, like, a week, and nobody really knew him before all that. The Safety Not Guaranteed director caused a bit of a stir when he announced that he was working on something for Disney, see, something from our childhood that he didn’t want to mess up. And though the internet pounced on that revelation and starting shouting “Star Wars, Star Wars, Star Wars” until it just became a blur of noise, it turned out the internet was wrong. Again.
But Trevorrow wasn’t making things up, at least, because he is working on something from our childhood, although I’m not sure that it’s definitely something we all love: Flight of the Navigator, anyone? Yes, Disney are reportedly remaking the 1986 film about a boy and his spacecraft, with a script to be written by Trevorrow and his Safety Not Guaranteed co-writer Derek Connolly. Rumor has it that Trevorrow may end up directing this thing, too, a project that has apparently been in the works for a number of years.
Here’s a plot synopsis of the original movie, in case you want to brush up on your knowledge of sci-fi children pilots:
While searching for his little brother in the woods, 12-year-old David Freeman (Joey Cramer) falls down a ravine and is knocked unconscious. After what seems like minutes, he returns home, only to discover that eight years have passed since he was declared missing and presumed dead. Even more mystifying is that David hasn’t aged, nor can he account for the time lapse. Meanwhile, NASA officials stumble upon a futuristic spacecraft and are determined to assess what David knows about it by locking him in a top-secret lab for scanning and testing. His only chance of escape is in the spacecraft manned by Max, a wisecracking robot.
Trevorrow has admitted before that this is a childhood favourite of his. Given that, do you think he’s up to the challenge? Do we want/need a Flight of the Navigator remake? Will Colin Trevorrow direct Star Wars: Episode VII? Sorry, no, he won’t. We don’t wanna get into all that again.