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Whitta & Betuel Working To Reboot 'The Last Starfighter'

Written by sdsichero on Thursday, April 05 2018 and posted in News with Benefits

Whitta & Betuel Working To Reboot 'The Last Starfighter'

Legal issues may still "Death Blossom" the effort though.

Source: Rogue One's Gary Whitta Tells Us His Plans for a Last Starfighter Reboot

Greetings, Starfighter.

There have been plans for a sequel to 1984's The Last Starfighter stuck in development hell since 2008. In 2015, the writer of the original movie Jonathan Betuel was working on a TV offshoot of the movie called The Starfighter Chronicles, but that seems to have not gone anywhere either. Now, there seems to be another effort underway to retell the tale of the boy who enlisted in the Star League via an arcade machine…

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story screenwriter (as well as a writer on other  Star Wars projects) Gary Whitta  revealed on Twitter that he is working with Betuel on a reboot/sequel to the movie along with some concept images by Rogue One concept artist Matt Allsopp.







Whitta approached Betuel because he was a big fan of the original movie and they began to work on developing a new one:

"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."


A new movie is no guarantee, especially since the rights are a legal mess:

"We’ve had a lot of talks with Universal. We’re determined, one way or another, to make this happen. Trying to create in Hollywood is always like pushing a boulder uphill, particularly when there are archaic rights issues involved, but we’re going to keep trying. That’s the lesson of Starfighter... when you get your chance you’ve got to grab it with both hands, and hold on tight."


We'll see if it gets anywhere. Until that time, we guess if you are craving something new that is The Last Starfighter related, you can always get the soundtrack to the off-Broadway The Last Starfighter: A New Musical



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