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Blake Griffin to produce "Rocketeer" reboot with black female lead

The Rocketeer (1991)
Directed by Joe Johnston
Shown: poster
The Rocketeer (1991) Directed by Joe Johnston Shown: poster

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Rocketeer will soon relaunch.

Walt Disney Studios is developing a reboot to be titled "The Rocketeers." 

The project, in the early development stages, according to THR is being looked at as a sequel-reboot and will be headlined by a black female character.

Among the producers of the film is former University of Oklahoma basketball player Blake Griffin, currently playing for the LA Clippers.

Brigham Taylor and athlete Ryan Kalil of the Carolina Panthers are also producers.

Dave Stevens was the creator of the original Rocketeer comics, which starred stunt pilot Cliff Secord, who found an experimental rocket pack in a 1930s-set homage to classic film serials.  Billy Campell starred as Secord in 1991's "The Rocketeer."

THR said the reboot will still be a period piece:

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 jet-pack technology in what could prove to be a turning point in the Cold War.

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Matthew Price

Features Editor Matthew Price has worked for The Oklahoman since 2000. He’s a University of Oklahoma graduate who has also worked at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and was a Dow Jones Newspaper Fund intern for the Dallas Morning News. He’s... Read more ›