For weeks, Star Wars rumors and speculation ran rampant when word got out that indie director Colin Trevorrow might be helming the upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII. Those rumors were put to rest when Trevorrow revealed that he would be directing an entirely different beloved sci-fi movie for Disney: the remake of Flight of the Navigator. Now the indie director has begun to open up about the Disney remake.
In an interview, Colin Trevorrow disclosed that he and his writing partner, Derek Connolly (Safety Not Guaranteed), want to remain faithful to the original 1986 film. The duo also wants to keep the film as an emotional touchstone for children. They don’t want to bog the remake down with flashy special effects and CGI. Here’s Trevorrow:
There’s a question in it which I always thought was compelling. What if suddenly you woke up and your world was gone and your parents were old? There’s something so scary about that for a kid. We know what the themes are and what characters we’re going to be working with, but beyond that it’s going to take a little while.
Trevorrow also spoke about how excited he was to make Flight of the Navigator in 3D. He compared the process to an earlier transition Hollywood had to weather.
I’m very interested in 3D. I’m very excited about 3D, whether it’s with this film or one of the others we’re working on. I think it’s a thrilling new way to watch films. Right now it feels like we’re in the transition from black-and-white to color, which took 20 years.
Disney is usually spot-on with their remake films because they seem to really want the newer films to stay as faithful to the original, while at the same time being fresh for new audiences. Flight of the Navigator is one of those films in the Disney catalog that could bring an audience to the theater while engaging new audiences who feel the 1986 version might just be too dated. Aren’t there a bunch of Twisted Sister references in that film?