While thumbing through the catalog of ideas from my childhood they should ruin, Disney has stopped at the cult favorite The Flight Of The Navigator. If they replace Paul Reubens with someone like Robin Williams as the voice of the lovable mechanical alien, there will be pain.
Brad Copeland (Wild Hogs,Arrested Development) is writing the remake of the alien and boy family flick. The movie, which didn't really find its audience until it was released on VHS, is about a young boy who syncs up with an shiny UFO, with a liquid staircase.
Because of his connection to the UFO, the young lad gets transported into the future and evil government scientists pick him up for "experiments." Together robot alien and boy escape, and try to find a way back home, to the past.
While I don't mind Copeland's involvement, after watching the recent Race To Witch Mountain reboot, I can't help but think this remake will be all guns and explosions. Which isn't really what this film is about. At it's heart, it's a simple journey between a boy and his mechanical alien friend, trying to find their home. No doubt they will muddy it up with excessive violence and chase scenes, between jets and the UFO.