Most Disney fans will only know the “Jurassic World” star (and daughter of actor, producer, and famed director Ron Howard) for her work as the resourceful Claire in the newest Jurassic Park movies, or perhaps for her role in Disney’s live-action version of Pete’s Dragon; however, the actress has already started taking up her father’s mantle as a director and producer, and now she’s on board for another Disney project! Bryce Dallas Howard has already directed two episodes of “The Mandalorian“, as well as an episode in the upcoming “Book of Boba Fett” series, and she’s just signed on to direct and produce a remake of the 1986 movie Flight of the Navigator (this time with a female protagonist) for Disney+.
The original movie was about a boy time-traveling and bonding with a spaceship sidekick. Bryce Dallas Howard expressed her excitement about the remake on Instagram, saying that she was “over the moon for the relaunch of #FlightOfTheNavigator (and all the space puns that’ll come with it)”. Howard also has her own production company, called Nine Muses, and her business partner John Swartz is another producer for the remake.
Although Bryce Dallas Howard’s skills as a director and producer are still a surprise to many of her fans (who usually only know her as the flare-toting businesswoman in Jurassic World, or perhaps for her roles in dramas like The Help), the “Mandalorian” episodes that she directed received lots of praise, and Star Wars fans can look forward to what she does with an episode of “The Book of Boba Fett”!
Are you excited to see Howard’s offscreen skills in action, and are you already familiar with the movie Flight of the Navigator? How do you think Disney’s navigator reboot with a female lead will compare to the original film? We’ll be waiting to hear more about Howard’s feature directorial debut!