They really tried to shoehorn it into a kiddie property so they could sell toys. However, Disney studio chairman switched the film to a release. Brigham Tayler is producing the film, as is of the and of the. Johnston eventually convinced Disney otherwise. Dave Stevens' The Rocketeer: The Complete Adventures contained new coloring by , who had been chosen by Dave Stevens prior to his death.
Sinclair then sends his monstrous assistant, Lothar, to search the airfield for Cliff. Sinclair overhears Cliff attempting to tell Jenny about the rocket pack, so he invites her to dinner. Stevens, Bilson and De Meo began to consider making The Rocketeer as a , shot in and funded by. The story is given elsewhere so I'll pretty much skip it and get to the more important things, like the twenty-year-old Jennifer Connelly with her eyes of night and lips as bright as flame. Sinclair and Lothar escape, dragging Jenny with them aboard the airship. Contest Directions: This Friday we continue our freaking experiment with provided source images.
Reception listed the Rocketeer as the 76th Greatest Comic Book Character, stating that the Rocketeer taps into that popular desire to fly. For the female lead of Cliff's girlfriend Jenny, , , and were considered before was eventually cast. In addition publisher Jet Pack Comics issued several additional Retailer Incentive variants with Dave Stevens re-colored artwork reprinted on their covers. An extensive product line followed of computer games, toys, posters, trading cards, pins, patches, buttons, T-shirts, and children's clothing, licensed to coincide with the film's opening. Movie star Neville Sinclair had hired Valentine's gang to steal the rocket pack, and he sends his monstrous henchman Lothar to question the injured getaway driver, who tells him about his hiding the rocket pack at the airfield. Stunt pilot Cliff Secord and mechanic A. Scenes that had been thrown out two years ago were put back in.
The Rocketeer, based on characters created by Dave Stevens: Original screenplay by Danny Bilson, Paul De Meo and William Dear, first draft, May 1990. Screenwriters Danny Bilson and had creative differences with Disney, which caused the film to languish in development hell. Set in 1938 , The Rocketeer tells the story of Cliff Secord who stumbles upon a hidden rocket powered that he thereafter uses to fly without the need of an aircraft. But when Nazis want to use the rocket as a weapon, Cliff must use his alter ego to both protect Jenny from an evil actor Timothy Dalton and save the day in this period adventure based on the comic books by Dave Stevens. Cliff flies to and boards the airship, but during the ensuing showdown, Jenny accidentally sets the bridge on fire with a.
When they both proved to be unavailable, , , , and Emilio Estevez auditioned for the part. Remaining cast members included Tiny Ron Taylor as Lothar, Terry O'Quinn as Howard Hughes, Jon Polito as Otis Bigelow, Ed Lauter as Agent Fitch, Eddie Jones as Malcolm the Mechanic, and Robert Miranda as Spanish Johnny. His adventures are set in and in 1938, and Stevens gave them a retro, nostalgic feel influenced by the and movie serials both from Republic Pictures , and pinup diva. Cliff divulges to the mobsters that the actor is a Nazi; Valentine's gang turn their weapons on Sinclair and Lothar, but Sinclair summons sixty heavily armed Nazi stormtroopers hidden at the observatory. The Disney tag also was seen to have turned off people who assumed that the film was for children, which was probably the reason why the logo was not seen on video releases of the film. Stevens gave the film's and his two art directors his entire reference library pertaining to the Rocketeer at that time period, including blueprints for hangars and bleachers, schematics for building the autogyro, photos and drawings of the Bulldog Cafe, the uniforms for the air circus staff, and contacts for locating the vintage aircraft that were to be used.
Disney executive Jeffrey Katzenberg even had one of the studio's then-staff writers, Karey Kirkpatrick, audition for the part. A television special documentary, titled The Rocketeer: Excitement in the Air, was broadcast on the in June 1991. It was a horror to fly because it was hardly more than a huge engine with a tiny airplane built around it, as unstable a craft as ever took wing. When he discovers a jet pack hidden in a biplane, Cliff straps on the rocket, dons a flashy helmet and becomes the high-flying hero known as The Rocketeer. Overhearing them consult with Eddie over the diner's phone, Cliff learns of Jenny's date with Sinclair and the latter's involvement with the crime. I would never have cast him based on good looks alone, but he came into the audition and just nailed it shut. But, it must be admitted, Rondo Hatten looked like a cartoon.
Bilson and DeMeo argued that the success of the trilogy proved that moviegoers would enjoy an adventure film set in the 1930s, and the studio finally agreed. The film is based upon the created by comic book artist and writer. Johnston also had to convince Disney to let him cast unknown actor Billy Campbell in the lead role. Kevin Costner and Matthew Modine were the first actors considered for the role. Development for The Rocketeer started as far back as 1983, when Stevens sold the.
When he discovers a jet pack hidden in a biplane, Cliff straps on the rocket, dons a flashy helmet and becomes the high-flying hero known as The Rocketeer. The decision to cast as Cliff Secord caused mixed emotions amongst Disney executives. The part of Neville Sinclair was offered to Jeremy Irons and Charles Dance before accepted the role. Filming at the Griffith Observatory took place in November 1990. The diner patrons overpower the mobsters, but a stray ricochet punctures the rocket pack's fuel tank, which Peevy provisionally patches with Cliff's chewing gum. The sequence where Cliff rescues Malcolm was adapted shot-for-shot from Stevens' comic book. The part of Neville Sinclair was offered to and before accepted the role.
Based on 60 reviews collected by , 63% of the critics enjoyed The Rocketeer with an average score of 5. On July 28, 2016, it was confirmed that Walt Disney Pictures will be rebooting The Rocketeer, titled The Rocketeers, with the film being written by and Matt Spicer. Both Campbell and Connelly were contracted for sequels, Campbell for two more and Connelly for only one. The numerous project delays forced Dear drop out as director. Johnston was quickly hired and pre-production started in early-1990. Scary news footage exists of one of them zipping along at a tremendous rate and then, out of nowhere, kaboom, spinning deliriously into the ground at full speed.
That guy doesn't look like a cartoon. The film's plot sees the lead take on the mantle of The Rocketeer after Cliff Secord has gone missing while fighting the Nazis. Each issue offered a regular retail cover design and one alternate Retailer Incentive cover. The Rocketeer was set to be released through the studio's label; Stevens, Bilson, De Meo, and Dear all signed a contract which would permit them to make a trilogy of Rocketeer films. Additional scenes were shot at.