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.
Okay, probably shouldn’t show you this so early but here’s a little something I’ve been tinkering on with my co-writer Jonathan Betuel. You might recognize the ships. Thanks to the amazing Matt Allsopp (lead concept artist on ROGUE ONE) for creating these images for us. pic.twitter.com/CIobLYYRHk— Gary Whitta (@garywhitta) April 4, 2018
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…