Rocketeers, The: Disney Relaunches Sequel Reboot with Black Female Pilot as the Lead

Disney is launching a rebooted version of The Rocketeer, with an African-American female pilot as the lead.

Tentatively titled “The Rocketeers,” the studio is calling it a “sequel reboot.”

The 1991 Touchstone-Disney film, based on a 1980s comic book, starred Billy Campbell as Cliff Secord and Jennifer Connelly as the female lead. Joe Johnston directed and Timothy Dalton starred as a Nazi spy.

When the movie was released, it grossed a disappointing $46.6 million domestically.

The story is set six years after the original Rocketeer, Cliff Secord, 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 jetpack technology in what could prove to be a turning point in the Cold War.