Although details are scant, the trade reports that Henderson will write the script for the project, which is being set up at Lionsgate with the Jim Henson Company attached to produce.
Released in 1986, the film, directed by Randal Kleiser, tells the story of a 12-year-old boy who is abducted by an alien craft and is returned to Earth eight years later, having not aged a day — and with alien charts and manuals inside his head. Obviously, the government — NASA in this case — wants to get its hands on this information and ends up chasing him and that fantastical alien ship (nicknamed “Max”), with which he has a telepathic connection.
Henderson is not the first person, though, to take a crack at updating the beloved Disney classic. Colin Trevorrow (Jurassic World) and his longtime collaborator Derek Connolly gave it a shot in 2009, and then in 2012 a new project surfaced, with Brad Copeland as writer and Mandeville partners David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman as producers.
Aside from being one of the several E.T.-inspired movies of the '80s, Flight of the Navigator was also among a slew of darker-toned films Disney released that decade, along with Dragonslayer (1981), Something Wicked This Way Comes (1983), and Return to Oz (1986). What a remake of Navigator in the 21st century may look like we can only guess, but surely the timing could not have been better thanks to the renaissance of Reagan-era culture with Stranger Things and It. You can also probably count on Puckmaren (a Henson-esque puppet in the original) being totally CGI this time around.