Six years after playing Michael Myers in John Carpenter’s Halloween, Nick Castle stepped behind the camera to direct The Last Starfighter, a 1984 sci-fi film that was actually Castle’s second feature as director. The film starred Lance Guest as Alex, a video game expert recruited to join a team of starfighters to defend an alien planet from attack.
Talks of a Last Starfighter remake have surfaced several times over the years, with Seth Rogen at one point expressing interest, but it seems the project is finally getting off the ground with Rogue One writer Gary Whitta and Jonathan Betuel, the original film’s writer, actively working together on a film that will serve as a reboot and a sequel!
Whitta just shared four pieces of concept art over on Twitter, and io9 got more details.
Okay, probably shouldn’t show you this so early but here’s a little something I’ve been tinkering on with my co-writer Jonathan Betuel. You might recognize the ships. Thanks to the amazing Matt Allsopp (lead concept artist on ROGUE ONE) for creating these images for us. pic.twitter.com/CIobLYYRHk
— Gary Whitta (@garywhitta) April 4, 2018
“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,” Whitta told the site. “We’re both very excited about it creatively.”
He added, “All I know is, we’re trying really hard to make this a reality. It’s a passion project for Jon and me both. And I know we have a great movie here. But we still need to deal with some remaining biz stuff before we can really move forward. We’ve had a lot of talks with Universal. We’re determined, one way or another, to make this happen.”