A sequel to cult classic The Last Starfighter is being developed more than 30-years after the original’s release.
Speaking with Yahoo! Movies, the film’s original screenwriter Jonathan Betuel explained that he was working on relaunching the follow-up.
He said: “This gets tied up in all kinds of stuff [regarding] what the next step is, and I’m working on that right now.
“There are a lot of things going on that will see the light of day. It’s complicated, it’s great, it’s a privilege, and it’s going to be taken care of… It’s good to be working with a team that wants to see it go. I think that the story deserves to continue.”
The original 1984 movie, directed by Nick Castle (Dennis The Menace), centered a trailer park teen who is chosen to fight an intergalactic war after completing a video game
While the project struggled to find an audience in a hugely competitive blockbuster marketplace, and at the time was the latest in a long line of Star Wars-inspired films, like many science fiction movies in the 1980s, its popularity grew on VHS rental.
The film was also groundbreaking with its visual effects, many of which were early digital creations via CGI.
But the main reason a sequel or a reboot hasn’t yet seen the light of day, seems to be a complicated legal situation, which has stumped fans Seth Rogen and even Steven Spielberg.
Indeed, it is still unclear who owns the rights, as the film was distributed by Universal and produced by Lorimar, which was bought by Warner Bros. However, it has been reported that Beteul owns the rights and he himself has been stalling on the follow-up, something he denies.
He said: “I saw that, and it painted me as the Howard Hughes, bah humbug, standing in the way.
“That was hilarious. Hilarious and inaccurate.”
Stay tuned for more The Last Starfighter sequel news. Here’s the original’s trailer: