With what seems to me like an absolute paucity of imagination, the producers of the Flight of the Navigator remake have recruited Colin Trevorrow and Derek Connolly to rewrite the film as a potential directing gig for Trevorrow.
I say that they’re a rather obvious choice for the gig because their first feature, Safety Not Guaranteed, crosses over with Navigator in a couple of key ways…
…though I won’t say how in fear of spoiling the film for those who’ve yet to see it. UK audiences will get their chance on Boxing Day when the film opens in our cinemas; US audiences can buy the DVD or Blu-ray now.* It’s certainly recommended.
Trevorrow, as I’m sure you’ve heard by now, has been linked to the Star Wars sequels. He’s gone ahead and stated flat-out that he’s not directing Episode VII, while not commenting on either Episode VIII or IX, or any non-directing role on the films. I’m still pretty convinced that he’s involved in some capacity.
Variety have this quote from Navigator co-writer Connolly:
Flight of the Navigator wasn’t a seminal movie of my childhood but I remember liking it and the original meant a lot to Colin as a kid, so it’s really his baby. It’ll be good to have some balance so it’s not two fanboys writing the movie.
I’m with Connolly there, in most respects. The only difference is that I don’t remember liking it.
The two guys also have another, so far secret, project set up at Disney. That one certainly has Trevorrow lined up to direct, unlike the “wait and see” line given to Navigator.
*It’s locked against region B playback so most Brits will find it useless. Once again, I recommend everybody invest in multi region capability – I’ve done it by buying separate decks just to protect against firmware upgrades that can brick multiregion players.
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