Disney is planning a belated sequel to The Rocketeer (1991), the period superhero film starring Billy Campbell as Cliff Secord, stunt pilot in 1938 who becomes a jet-packed rocket man fighting an undercover Nazi agent played by Timothy Dalton.
It was never a big hit, but its art deco designs (especially the poster) and comic strip action have made it a firm cult favourite over the years. So much so, many people assume The Rocketeer is a genuine Golden Age comic character, but he was, in fact, only created by Dave Stevens in 1982.
According to The Hollywood Reporter Disney Studios has hired Max Winkler and Matt Spicer have been hired to write the reboot/sequel for the new film, to be titled The Rocketeers. Apparently the new take is set six years after the original film. When Secord vanishes 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 original film was directed by Joe Johnson, who went on to direct another, more successful period superhero film, Captain America: The First Avenger.