After Rogue One Success, The Last Starfighter Remake Is In The Works
The writer behind Rogue One has unveiled a selection of concept art pieces for a new version of The Last Starfighter.
The movie poster (Image courtesy: AFP Relaxnews)
Earlier this week, and after the first weekend successes of Ready Player One, Ernest Cline's second novel, Armada, moved closer to cinematic reality after Universal Pictures hired a writer for the movie's draft screenplay.
Armada references 1980s cult classic The Last Starfighter and now it seems that Universal is moving ahead with a hybrid reboot and sequel for the latter movie. Rogue One writer Gary Whitta posted four images to Twitter, prompting immediate comparisons with The Last Starfighter.
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
"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," he wrote on April 4. As it happens, Betuel wrote The Last Starfighter. Whitta himself encouraged such associations. "You might recognize the ships," he wrote, crediting "Rogue One" concept lead Matt Allsopp with their creation.
The rocket ships depicted in the four illustrations bear a striking resemblance to those in 1984's The Last Starfighter, as did several emblems and pilot jumpsuit designs. In the movie, teenager Alex Rogan plays an arcade game called Starfighter and becomes so proficient at it that the game's creator makes contact with him.
It soon becomes apparent that the game is a recruitment tool for the Rylan Star League, an interplanetary alliance locked in a struggle with the Ko-Dan Empire, and Alex is invited to join up. Lest there be any doubt about the connection, Whitta followed up with a still from the original movie and, later, four more pieces of concept art, signing off with the phrase #GreetingsStarfighter.
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