It was first announced in 2009 that Walt Disney Pictures is planning a remake of their 1986 sci-fi adventure Flight of the Navigator. Today, Variety brings word that the studio has hired Safety Not Guaranteed‘s Colin Trevorrow and Derek Connolly to provide a draft and, potentially, have Tevorrow, a childhood fan of the original, direct.
Brad Copeland previously worked on writing the redo, which is still being produced by Mandeville partners David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman.
The 1986 original told the story of a 12-year-old boy who is abducted by an alien spacecraft in 1978 and reappears eight years later, still the same age and with no memory of what happened. NASA scientists discover a connection between the boy and a downed spacecraft and try to exploit the boy, who ultimately escapes with the ship and attempts to reunite with his family.
The movie grossed only $17 million when it was released but was later rediscovered on VHS, becoming a cult hit.