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Gary Whitta is working on a new version of The Last Starfighter and he has shared some concept art

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

With those words, we were taken on a wild adventure back in 1984. We followed Alex Rogan (Lance Guest) as he found out that being really good at a video game meant he was recruited to join the team of best starfighters to defend their world from attack.

I do love the film and talked about it way back in episode 9 of the After the Ending podcast.

There has been talk of a remake/reboot over the years, but Jonathan Betuel, who wrote the original film, has always said no. However, that seems to have changed as Gary Whitta (Rogue One) has shared the news that he is working on a new film.

Whitta spoke to io9 about the new version of the film and why he feels now is the right time to bring it back.

The simple answer to that is Jonathan Betuel. Jon created and wrote the original movie, it was all his idea, a spec script he wrote while he was working as a waiter in Hollywood in the early ’80s. There was a whole bidding war over that script. In all the years hence, whenever I’ve brought up the idea of a Starfighter reboot in meetings, people would always convey excitement and then say that it’s impossible because the rights are a mess. It’s true that it’s not simple, but part of the key to it is, as I understand it (and I’m not a lawyer), Jon still retains some piece of ownership of the original IP, so no one can make a new movie without his participation. I happened to track Jon down, and 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.

I like the original film, but have always wanted to see more so I am up for a new movie set in the same universe. There are no plot details or any other information at the moment, but I will keep you posted.

What would you like to see in a new Last Starfighter film?

Check out the concept art by Matt Allsopp below.

Thanks to J Tanner Perry for sharing the news.

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