Following this morning’s tease of some sort of return of 1984 cult classic sci-fi film “The Last Starfighter,” screenwriter Gary Whitta has now gone into detail about just what he was teasing with his social media posts which included concept art depicting the iconic ships from the original.
Speaking with io9, Whitta has confirmed that yes it is indeed a reboot of the classic 1984 sci-fi film which he and the original film’s writer Jonathan Betuel are working on. Betuel apparently retains partial ownership of the IP so he has to participate, and so Whitta tracked him down and now they’re collaborating:
“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… 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.”
Lance Guest starred in the original as a young man whose skill at an arcade game leads him to being recruited in a real galactic war, defending “the Frontier” from Xur and the Ko-Dan Armada.