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The Last Starfighter is being rebooted as a TV series with a cool gimmick

07.14.2015

There are some movies that define childhood. For kids growing up in the 1980s, it could be a John Hughes film, THE GOONIES, or any number of other memorable films. For me, one movie that always brings back memories of being a kid is THE LAST STARFIGHTER. As one of the early films to use CGI, the 1984 scifi film about a teen recruited to join an intergalactic space force based on his video game skills was fuel for countless daydreams and games played with friends. Now, THE LAST STARFIGHTER is coming back, albeit in a spin-off style reboot.

Variety reports that THE LAST STARFIGHTER screenwriter Jonathan Betuel is developing a TV series titled The Starfighter Chronicles which will not follow the movie's plot but will instead focus on "alien law enforcement". Betuel is also working on specialized elements of the show that will make it the first television series to incorporate virtual reality.

Working with Surreal.tv, Betuel is exploring the feasibility of building content explorable by viewers equipped with VR headsets. It is not mentioned if these headsets will be of the expensive Oculus Rift variety or potentially something more easily affordable like Google Cardboard. In either case, the concept of virtual reality being integrated into a narrative work is unexplored territory and could give The Starfighter Chronicles a unique boost for prospective networks.

My only caveat is that the gimmick, as cool as it sounds, be secondary to making a cool story. THE LAST STARFIGHTER is not the greatest movie ever made but it does kick-off a glimpse at a fictional universe I have always wanted to see more of. Stay tuned for more as this project develops.

Source: Variety

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6:56PM on 07/14/2015
I love the idea of rebooting this since their was a lot of untapped potential from what the movie setup. The VR gimmick sounds like just that to me, I hope it will still be entertaining without a headset. I always hoped they would remake this with Donald Glover. Here's hoping it rocks!
I love the idea of rebooting this since their was a lot of untapped potential from what the movie setup. The VR gimmick sounds like just that to me, I hope it will still be entertaining without a headset. I always hoped they would remake this with Donald Glover. Here's hoping it rocks!
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5:47PM on 07/14/2015

Loved this as a kid...

but maybe fans can just wait for the: (Ready Player One)
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but maybe fans can just wait for the: (Ready Player One)
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11:51PM on 07/14/2015
Sounds more like Cline's new book Armada than Ready Player One.
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Sounds more like Cline's new book Armada than Ready Player One.
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5:32PM on 07/14/2015
I recall seeing the trailer for this at the time...thinking it was a cool name for a movie...but then I always thought any movies going by the name of..."The Last..." was cool. I finally caught the movie on TV a few years later but thought it was s**t and I'm the kind of guy who enjoyed a movie like From Dusk Till Dawn....3!
I recall seeing the trailer for this at the time...thinking it was a cool name for a movie...but then I always thought any movies going by the name of..."The Last..." was cool. I finally caught the movie on TV a few years later but thought it was s**t and I'm the kind of guy who enjoyed a movie like From Dusk Till Dawn....3!
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5:31PM on 07/14/2015

Feature film!

Would definitely prefer a feature film update in the vein of JJ Abrams/Star Trek. With gaming culture and today's visual fx this property would be ripe for that sort of take.
Would definitely prefer a feature film update in the vein of JJ Abrams/Star Trek. With gaming culture and today's visual fx this property would be ripe for that sort of take.
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5:20PM on 07/14/2015
Sounds fucking stupid.
Sounds fucking stupid.
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4:55PM on 07/14/2015

This sounds like garbage.

I'm a big fan of the original, just like you Alex. I say why not a sequel? Or a proper spin-off, focusing on Rogan's little brother or something?
I'm a big fan of the original, just like you Alex. I say why not a sequel? Or a proper spin-off, focusing on Rogan's little brother or something?
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