Bryce Dallas Howard is preparing to direct and produce a reboot of Walt Disney Studios “Flight of the Navigator”, which is a remake of the original 1986 film with female lead. The new movie, which marks Howard’s debut in feature management, will premiere exclusively at Disney Plus.
The original “Flight of the Navigator” was directed by Randall Kleiser and written by Mark H. Baker, Michael Burton and Matt McManus. The family sci-fi adventure film follows 12-year-old David Freeman (Joe Kramer), who fainted after falling into the jungle, only to be abducted by a foreign spaceship that transported him from 1978 to 1986. David spends the film trying to reunite with his family, but gets involved with police and NASA on the way.
The reboot will be produced by filmmakers Justin Springer and John Swartz, who are partners with Howard at his production company Nine Muse. Howard’s film will not be the first attempt to remake “Flight of the Navigator” – as Colin Trevoro (who directed Howard in “Jurassic World” and “Jurassic World: Dominion”) and Derek Connolly were involved in a Disney project in 2009. In 2017, the Lionsgate and Henson Company announced the re-launch of Joe Henderson as author. No project was successful.
Known for his on-screen work in the “Jurassic World” trilogy, “The Village” and “The Help”, Howard 2019’s documentary “Dads” has two episodes “The Mandalarian” and an upcoming series under his belt “The Episode of “Book of Dumb Fat”. Howard has directed several short films that have been screened at the Sundance, Toronto and Cannes Film Festivals.
Howard has been re-established by WME, Management and0 and Attorney PJ Shapiro.