Vulture is reporting that Disney is looking at the pulp classic Rocketeer property for a big screen revival, one which last saw the big screen in 1992. Disney had always had high hopes for The Rocketeer and the potential franchise to follow, but 1991 film earned lackluster sales at the box office and was shadowed by James Cameron’s Terminator 2: Judgment Day, which arrived in theaters the following week. Still, director Joe Johnston crafted one of the finer superhero movies from the very early 90s (no easy task) and went on to further prove his superhero chops in Captain America: The First Avenger, now another one of Disney’s prime comic book properties.
Being the huge Rocketeer fan myself, I will probably always feel that character could use more screen time, having witnessed the stylish hero on the big screen at the impressionable age of 11. Disney now appears to be moving forward with another film for the late Dave Steven’s cult-classic creation, which would mean mark the feature as one of the first major film project under chairman of Walt Disney Studios chief Alan Horn. Vulture claims that their “spies have heard rumors that point to Disney looking for older comic book properties to bring [back] to the big screen and that one of these features includes the pulp-classic set in 1930s Hollywood.