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

Screenwriter Gary Whitta has shared this sizzle reel for the long-in-development sequel to The Last Starfighter movie, which he has been working on with original creator Jon Betuel

It shows lots of gorgeous concept art from Matt Allsopp and features an updated version of Craig Safan’s theme by Chris Tilton.

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 love 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. I just hope it ends up getting made.

A while back I talked about what I thought could happen in a sequel to The Last Starfighter in an episode of After The Ending. You can listen to that below.

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