The Last Starfighter reboot in works from Rogue One writer

Published April 5 2018
Updated April 6 2018

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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