David Oyelowo Bringing ‘The Rocketeer’ Back on Disney+ With New Project
The Acclaimed actor is reportedly bringing back one of the world’s classic comic characters as David Oyewolo is bringing The Rocketeer back on Disney+ with his newly announced project!
First reported by Deadline.com, the actor has made massive efforts to revive the character in a new The Return of the Rocketeer film in which he will produce and star.
the story will be written by Ed Ricourt and is in the very early stages of development under David and Jessica Oywlowo’s production company, Yoruba Saxon Productions.
The character’s revival signifies the lasting legacy of The Rocketeer, and both the timeless nature of his stories and the beauty of the classic Hollywood feel of his time period.
The original The Rocketeer film was released in 1991 by Walt Disney Studios, and captured much, if not all, of the inherent charm and wonder that could be felt within the pages of The Rocketeer comics penned by Dave Stevens.
The film follows the story of a young pilot who comes into possession of a flying jetpack- allowing him to assume the identity of The Rocketeer- and carrying with him the responsibility of keeping the piece of technology and its blueprints out of potentially dangerous Nazi possession.
The proposed story will be a new take on the character, and a fantastic interpretation of the classic story, that will allow Ricourt and Oyelowo to tackle some much deeper, more pertinent, issues.
Deadline reported that “The Return of the Rocketeer will follow the story of a former Tuskegee airman who takes up the mantle of The Rocketeer.”
The potential in this premise is nearly limitless; with Ritcourt and Oyelowo able to tackle issues of race and the incredible legacy of the famed and revered Tuskegee Airmen within this brand new incarnation of the iconic, cult, hero.
This film will be the first collaboration between Yoruba Saxon and Disney’s new first-look deal, with the film being developed by the Disney live-action team.
With David Oyelowo bringing The Rocketeer back on Disney+, it is important to note the incredible work the actor has partaken in during his illustrious career.
Playing a lead role in films like Selma, Nightingale, Queen of Katwe, and A United Kingdom; With his credits as a producer including films like The Water Man, Don’t Let Go, and Nina, Oyelowo has earned a reputation as a formidable performer willing to tackle vital issues with his films.
He is joined by Ricourt, who is bringing to the Rocketeer project a history of brilliant work on Now You See Me and Raising Dion; with the writer also contributing to Marvel’s well-received Jessica Jones Netflix series.
David and JessicaOyelowo’s Yoruba Saxon Productions is committed to, “shift the culture and color outside the lines,” with their work, with The Return of The Rocketeer looking to fit into this directive.
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