Hold on, who said I even *wanted* a Last Starfighter sequel no wait, I do.

Never mind me: “Last year Star Wars: Rogue One screenwriter Gary Whitta revealed that that he was developing a reboot of the classic 1984 sci-fi film The Last Starfighter. Well, the writer has confirmed that he’s still developing the project and that it would be a sequel.” A reboot would have been annoying; but a sequel? I can be down with that.

My only issue is that it’ll probably be dark and gritty. Of course, I thought that the original was dark and gritty, but that’s because we had different standards in 1984. I mean, this is pre-Dark Age territory. Weird to consider that The Dark Knight Returns didn’t actually come out until I was sixteen.


  • JustDave says:

    I haven’t seen it since it was first out in theaters, but my recollection of the movie was that calling it “classic” is a stretch.


    Just rewatched the trailer, and yeah, first draft writing, clunky special effects, and for some reason Robert Preston doing a spot-on impression of his Professor Harold Hill character.

    • Gnarledhotep says:

      Don’t most states categorize cars as “classic” once they’re 25 or 30 years old? In that sense, it’s a classic movie.

      I remember seeing it in theaters as an adolescent. It was campy, but there was appeal to the idea that playing video games could have a higher purpose. And I was really interested in the CGI, since that was a Big Deal at the time for us computer nerds.

    • acat says:

      Oh yeah, the effects were terrible .. mostly because they almost appear to be .. clips from a video game.
      They turned a huge disadvantage into .. a subtle reinforcement of the plot .. which isn’t a bad thing.
      I’ll happily agree it’s not as well-written as it could have been, but .. writing nor plot nor effects alone makes for a good move ..
      I could see a sequel doing adequately, but have no idea how they’re going to manage it.
      For one thing, The Internet has long since killed off arcades** ..
      ** With exceptions: https://groundkontrol.com/
      (although ya can’t take the kiddoes after 4:30pm)

  • BigFire says:

    Consider the big bad wannabe Xur (the very disappointed son of the Prime Minister of Rylan Star League) escape the destruction of the invasion fleet, they’ve set up the the sequel already.

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