Bryce Dallas Howard is set to make her feature directorial debut with a female-led rendition of Flight of the navigator for Walt Disney Studios, according to a recent report by The Hollywood Reporter.
According to the report, Howard will produce the film for Disney +, joining John Swartz and Justin Springer as producers for the film. The original 1986 kids sci-fi adventure movie tells the story of a 12 year old boy who is abducted by a UFO. Eight years later, he returns to Earth at the same exact age, and with no recollection of what happened. The film then focuses on the adventures of him trying to develop what happened, while NASA tries to reach him for their own research purposes.
The Hollywood Reporter notes that the new film is directed by a female protagonist, although it is not known if the age ranges for the characters will change. This is not the first time that Disney has attempted to reopen the cult classic, with an attempt in 2009 before losing rights to Lionsgate, which also unsuccessfully tried to bring the property back.
Bryce Dallas Howard is perhaps best known for her work as an actress, but in recent years she has also built her CV behind the camera. Most recently, she directed two episodes of Disney’s The Mandalorian Series.