April 5 2018

Last Starfighter may finally be getting a reboot

That loud screech you heard on Wednesday was my excitement at the news that The Last Starfighter may finally be happening.

On Wednesday, out of the blue, Gary Whitta – screenwriter of Rogue One A Star Wars Story – posted the following tweet.

Later in the day he followed it up with:

Was this a reboot? A sequel? No one knew, but Whitta later spoke with io9 and cleared up the mystery some.

After I was done pestering [Jonathan Betuel, writer of the original film] 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.

While I am normally not one for reboots, this film has been number one on my list for years. There was something just magical about the original, and I would love to see a new generation experience it.

But so help me, it must contain this line…

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

If it doesn’t include that, all deals are off.

No word on when or how this project will come together.

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