Seemingly taking a page out of Marvel Comics, now Disney is rebooted The Rocketeer movie which will feature a young African–American female pilot.
THR reported on the news offering the description of The Rocketeer reboot:
“The new take keeps the story in a period setting and offers a fresh view on the characters. Set six years after the original Rocketeer and after Secord has vanished while fighting the Nazis, an unlikely new hero emerges: a young African–American female pilot, who takes up the mantle of Rocketeer in an attempt to stop an ambitious and corrupt rocket scientist from stealing jetpack technology in what could prove to be a turning point in the Cold War.”
The Rocketeer reboot/sequel wil be written by Max Winkler and Matt Spicer, and is produced by The Jungle Book's Brigham Taylor and sports athletes L.A. Clippers Power forward Blake Griffin and Carolina Panthers center Ryan Kalil.
The Rocketeer first appeared in the pages of Pacific Comics created by Dave Stevens in 1982 with the story set in 1938 when stunt pilot Cliff Secord comes into the possession of an experimental jetpack that allows him to take his fight for justice to the skies.
The first Rocketeer movie was released in 1991 from director Joe Johnston starring Billy Campbell, Jennifer Connelly, Alan Arkin, Timothy Dalton, Paul Sorvino and Terry O'Quinn.