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‘Flight of the Navigator’ Reboot in Works With ‘Lucifer’ Showrunner

Lionsgate and The Henson Company are rebooting the 1986 adventure movie “The Flight of the Navigator” and have hired “Lucifer” showrunner Joe Henderson to write the script.

The original film, directed by Randal Kleiser, starred Joey Cramer as a 12-year-old boy who falls into a ravine and is knocked unconscious when walking through the woods in 1978. He regains consciousness in 1986 without having aged and with no memories of the past eight years. He eventually discovers that he was abducted by an alien spaceship.

Veronica Cartwright and Sarah Jessica Parker also starred in the film, while Paul Reubens voiced the flying saucer’s pilot. Brad Copeland (“Arrested Development”) was hired by Disney to write the first draft of the remake in 2009. In 2012, Disney hired Colin Trevorrow and Derek Connolly to write the script for the project as a potential directing vehicle for Trevorrow.

At that point, David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman were producing the remake through their Mandeville banner. Treverrow went on to direct “Jurassic World” and “The Book of Henry.”

Lucifer” Season 3 premieres Oct. 2 on Fox. Henderson also has credits as a writer and co-executive producer on “White Collar,” “Graceland,” and “Almost Human.” Henderson is repped by CAA, Stan Spry at the Cartel, and Hirsch Wallerstein.

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