The Classic 1985 Film EXPLORERS is Being Adapted into a Series By Cary Fukunaga and David Lowery
When I was a kid the 1985 Joe Dante-directed film Explorers was one of my favorite movies. It was a coming-of-age sci-fi film that starred Ethan Hawke, River Phoenix, and Jason Presson.
The story centered on three geeky friends who create a build a working spacecraft and launch themselves off into outer space where they encounter some very odd extraterrestrial life. I remember after I watched the movie I wanted to build my own spacecraft!
Deadline is reporting that Cary Fukunaga (True Detective) and David Lowery (Pete’s Dragon, The Old Man and the Gun) are teaming up to adapt the film into a TV series! They will write a pilot script for Paramount Television, and one of them will even direct the pilot if it gets the greenlight.
That’s a crazy talented team right there! I would have expected these guys to be the one to develop a project like this, but the fact that they are is pretty exciting because I know they’ll deliver something great!
The series is said to be an “aspirational dramatic series.” So, I imagine that all the weird cheesiness of the original film won’t be included in the remake which is fine, because that aspect of the film did not stand the test of time.
Fukunaga is currently set to direct Daniel Craig in the 25th James Bond film and Lowery’s next project will be a fantasy epic called The Green Knight.
What do you think about these two talented filmmakers developing a series adaptation of Explorers?
Here are a couple trailers to jog your memory about this movie.