The Last Starfighter Reboot Could Happen

The Last Starfighter Reboot Could Happen

Greetings, Starfighter. You have been recruited by the Star League to defend the frontier against Xur and the Ko-Dan armada.

You know I was just thinking of The Last Starfighter while watching Ready Player One, and now there is talk of a reboot!

Gary Whitta, who wrote Star Wars: Rogue One, is actually developing The Last Starfighter reboot with the writer of the 1984 original movie Jonathan Betuel.

Whitta posted the following concept art for The Last Starfighter reboot which is done by the concept artist on Rogue One, Matt Allsopp, and Whitta spoke with i09 about the potential reboot.

It’s true that it’s not simple, but part of the key to it is, as I understand it (and I’m not a lawyer), Jon still retains some piece of ownership of the original IP, so no one can make a new movie without his participation. I happened to track Jon down, and after I was done pestering him with all my fanboy questions about the original film we started to talk about what a new version might look like. Since then we’ve spent so many hours working on it I’ve long since lost count, but right now we have a fully developed story that is a combination of reboot and sequel that we both think honors the legacy of the original film while passing the torch to a new generation. We’re both very excited about it creatively.

Gary Whiita continued with mentioned they have spoke with Universal Studios.

All I know is, we’re trying really hard to make this a reality. It’s a passion project for Jon and me both. And I know we have a great movie here. But we still need to deal with some remaining biz stuff before we can really move forward. We’ve had a lot of talks with Universal. We’re determined, one way or another, to make this happen. 

Gary Whitta also happened to tweet the concept art at Seth Rogen, who back in 2014 revealed that both he and Stephen Spielberg were interested in doing a new movie of The Last Starfighter; however, at the time,  Jonathan Betuel was insistent that no new movie or sequel would be made.

Times change!

Check out the concept art for The Last Starfighter reboot: