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David Oyelowo Behind Upcoming Reboot: THE RETURN OF THE ROCKETEER

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David Oyelowo Behind Upcoming Reboot: THE RETURN OF THE ROCKETEER

By Movieguide® Staff

Disney announced a reboot of their classic movie, THE ROCKETEER, in a new movie headed to Disney+ called THE RETURN OF THE ROCKETEER.  

Producers David and Jessica Oyelowo, known for THE WATER MAN, will produce the project under their Yoruba Saxon banner. According to Deadline, David Oyelowo is also a potential choice to star in the new movie. 

A portion of Movieguide®’s review of the original 1991 movie reads

ROCKETEER is a beautifully made film, with endearing characters, colorful scenery and awesome special effects. The cinematography and sensitive portrayal of Cliff Seacord is unique in that it enables the viewer to experience much of the wonder, excitement, fear, and suspense that he does. Watching the rocketeer fly, we become children again, actually soaring with him and feeling the wind brush against our clothes and tingle our skin.

Deadline reported of the new movie: “The Return of the Rocketeer will have an all-new creative directive, with Ricourt’s story focusing on a retired Tuskegee airman who takes up the Rocketeer mantle.”

The Oyelowos revealed that their last movie, THE WATER MAN, was inspired by their faith in God. 

Movieguide® previously reported

Award-winning actor David Oyelowo—known for SELMA and QUEEN OF KATWE—produced, directed and starred in a new family movie, THE WATER MAN.

Oyelowo and his wife, Jessica, share four kids, that he says also inspired him to make a movie that centers around family and allows families to watch together.

“I have four kids. I kind of made this film very much with them in mind,” Oyelowo said. “I wanted to see those conversations had in a film because so often we would watch films together big tentpole movies that we would enjoy, but there wasn’t as much substance to them, they didn’t elicit a conversation, not the likes of which I had with my parents after I watched E.T., for instance.”

Faith also plays an essential role in Oyelowo’s life. While it is not explicit in most of his movies, it is always a source of meaning for Oyelowo in the movies he creates.

“In all of my work, I want to address the issue of faith without being prerogatory. You know, without sort of making it what the entire story is about. But it’s such a huge part of my own life that there is not a piece of work I do that doesn’t sort of touch on that in some way,” Oyelowo said, adding of THE WATER MAN: “When you have a kid who is basically decided to exhibit sacrificial love for his mom, who he’s on the precipice of losing, I mean, no one exhibited that better than Jesus Christ. And, you know, also the theme of what happens afterwards? And what can you control and not control, and how much just loving the moment you are in because you’re not promised tomorrow. These are all of course, you know, very pertinent biblical themes.”

Oyelowo said: “Very quickly, I was inspired to make this film because I know in my life, I have seen that God turned brokenness into beauty. That’s what we wanted to show with the film, and I just feel very blessed we got to do it. Thank you, and thank you, Lord.”

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