It seems like audiences today can't get enough of the 1980's. Whether it's series like Stranger Things and Cobra Kai or movies like IT and Ready Player One, consumers seem obsessed with all things 80's. That explains why so many movies with 1980's ties are coming to theatres, including titles like Wonder Woman 1984, Ghostbusters: Afterlife, Dune, and Top Gun: Maverick. And this week we got fresh news about another 80's favorite that may be in the works soon--a sequel to The Last Starfighter.
Jonathan Betuel, who co-wrote The Last Starfighter, provided an update on his progress. Betuel has been working behind the scenes to recover the rights to the 1984 film. "I had to go through a process that took years to recapture the rights," Betuel explains. "But that was recently completed and although nothing is ever clear sailing, it looks like we have a really good opportunity now."
Asked about the plot of the sequel, Betuel explained: "The leads are now parents and time has passed. It’s not a remake, it’s going to continue the story. What’s changed is time itself. It’s not a time capsule of the 80s by any means, we’re taking it to the next level. Passing the torch... or the joystick."
But while time has passed, the themes of the original are still vital to the DNA of the origin. "People still long to be a hero in their own life and to those they love," Betuel says. "Whether their methodology is the same or different. The material everyone has in terms of wanting to do more in life and do more for others, I think is the story that fuels many movies," he concludes. When asked what story elements or themes make those 80's movies so appealing to audiences, Betuel suggests his own scripts have common threads.
"They’re about extraordinary things happening to someone who’s least prepared and not savvy... It’s as if it happened to the least likely guy in your class, the guy sitting at the back of the classroom with the motorheads and the outcasts. That was the most fun problem from that point of view."
Betuel's writing partner on this project is Gary Whitta, who has worked on Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, The Walking Dead, and the animated series Star Wars Rebels. "Gary’s a gifted collaborator," Betuel confirms. "We’ll be writing the script together," he continues. "So I’m really looking forward to taking it up."
Whitta for his part is extremely excited about the project and has shared some storyboard art before the project had gained the rights to move forward with a sequel script.
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— Scary Whitta (@garywhitta) April 4, 2019
While the timing was not discussed, Betuel was quick to dispel rumors of this project coming to the small screen. "This is a movie with all the bells and whistles," Betuel stated. "It won’t presuppose that you’ve seen the original film," he added. "There’ll be references here and there, but it’ll carry the saga forward."
We're looking forward to hearing more as this project moves forward, but until then you can catch up on the other upcoming 1980's inspired movies coming soon to Regal.
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SOURCE: Movie Hole