Sunday, September 23, 2018
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The Last Starfighter reboot in works from Rogue One writer

It turns out The Last Starfighter may not the "last" for long. Screenwriter Gary Whitta (Rogue One, Book of Eli) announced on Twitter that he's working on a reboot of the much-beloved 1984 sci-fi classic.

The original movie starred Lance Guest as a starry-eyed teenager recruited by an alien defense league after he breaks the record on a local arcade game. Along with Disney's Tron, The Last Starfighter was one of the first movies to use computer-generated imagery in the film.

On Twitter, Whitta showed off some new Starfighter-inspired images already produced. Gizmodo followed up with the writer to find out more.

"[Starfighter] has always been one of my all-time favorites. It is a deeply special movie for me," he told the website. "In terms of movies that stirred my imagination as a kid, it's right up there with Star Wars. Maybe because I was a video game junkie back then, but the idea that playing a game could be a magic ticket to a real space adventure, I just always thought that concept was utterly brilliant."

Whitta and his partners still have some work to do to get Hollywood's green light on a Starfighter reboot.

"We've had a lot of talks with Universal," he said. "We're determined, one way or another, to make this happen."

This isn't the first shot a remake. Plans for reboots, adaptations and sequels have come and gone over the last couple decades. Still, we like the chances here.

[Listen to the Stuck in the '80s podcast on The Last Starfighter here.]

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