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‘Last Starfighter’ ’80s Movie Reboot Could Be Simply Stellar

written by Nick Allen April 7, 2018
The fighter Gunstar One in space from the 1984 film The Last Starfighter

Gary Whitta’s Newest Project Is a ‘Last Starfighter’ Reboot

Screenwriter Gary Whitta is apparently developing a reboot of the 1984 cult classic The Last Starfighter. Whitta, whose writing bonafides include Book of Eli and Rogue One (as well as After Earth, but let’s not go there) somewhat unceremoniously announced this project via Twitter on Wednesday.  However, this isn’t just some pipe dream of his; he’s working on it with the writer of the original, Jonathan Betuel!

As a bonus, he included some absolutely gorgeous concept art by Rogue One lead concept artist Matt Allsopp.  Look at these beauties:

A few hours later, in case that first set didn’t get you hyped enough, he tweeted a few additional pieces of concept art:

Another ’80s Movie Reboot? Really?

We are currently riding a tsunami of ’80s and ’90s nostalgia, it’s true.  It would be easy to get cynical here and to assume that this will wind up being another unnecessary remake/reboot of a classic.  We’ve definitely had plenty of those.  Honestly, between Tron and Robocop and Ghostbustersit has been an exhausting few years.  However, there are reasons to be optimistic about a new Last Starfighter.

First, Betuel’s involvement gives this prospective reboot some instant legitimacy.  Whitta even refers to him as his “co-writer”, so we know this project won’t just be a big-budget fan film or a rushed studio cash grab.  As a team, they should be able to recognize, understand, and preserve what made the original cult classic so special.

Second, Whitta is a genuine fan of the original.  In an interview with io9, he even called this a “passion project” of his.  He will approach the project with a sort of reverence that only geeks have for their favorite movies, all while working to bring something new and fresh to the table.

Finally, while the special effects and CGI of The Last Starfighter were groundbreaking in their day, they’re probably the most dated part of the movie now (aside from the ’80s aesthetic and the whole arcade thing).  There’s nothing wrong with charmingly dated effects.  However, at the same time, they can also keep cult classics from becoming all-around classics.  Thanks to Rogue One, we know Allsopp and Whitta could definitely handle something like this.  They’ve proven they can expand upon the original, update it, and still maintain the feel of the first film.

Obviously, this project is still in its early stages.  Who knows what, if anything, will come of it?  Still, if you’re a fan of The Last Starfighter, it’s tough not to get a little excited by that concept art.  It’s been almost 35 years since Alex climbed into Gunstar One.  Maybe it’s time for him to take flight again.

Are you excited to see a new Last Starfighter or are you tired of ’80s reboots and studio greed?  Let us know in the comments!

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