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05.26.09 46 Comments

Hey, remember Flight of the Navigator?  I sure do kind of a little bit I guess.  So naturally it’s perfect for a remake.

The 1986 original told the story of a 12-year-old boy who is abducted by an alien spacecraft in 1978 and reappears eight years later, still the same age and with no memory of what happened. NASA scientists discover a connection between the boy and a downed spacecraft and try to exploit the boy, who ultimately escapes with the ship and attempts to reunite with his family.  The movie grossed only $17 million when it was released but was later rediscovered on VHS, becoming a cult hit. [THR]

I swear to God, at least 50% of the kids’ movies made in the 80s involved trying to keep the government from doing experiments on someone.  What was up with that?  In any case, the remake is set to be written by the guy who wrote Wild Hogs, so I’m sure it will be an incisive parable for our times.

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