We already knew the film rights for a sequel to The Last Starfighter were a non-starter with original writer Jonathan Betuel, but that’s apparently because he’s more interested in working in TV.
Variety reports that Betuel, who wrote the 1984 original film, is actively developing a television reboot of The Last Starfighter, which will (somehow) include virtual reality components. Betuel has hooked up with Surreal.tv to make the project a reality, and the goal is to make it the first television show to “embrace” virtual reality. The show will be viewable on regular TVs but apparently provide extra content for viewers using some form of VR tech.
Sadly, it doesn’t sound like the new series will continue the journey of teenager-turned-space hero Alex Rogan. It seems the television series will use the film universe as a jumping-off point for a serialized story about “instilling a moral code,” that follows an alien law enforcement agency. The series will apparently be called The Starfighter Chronicles, and from the sound of it, they're still in the fairly early phases of development.
If the series sounds like a bit of a long shot, that’s probably because it is. Surreal is a relatively young company in the virtual reality space, and though Last Starfighter still holds some geek cred, something this ambitious could be a tough sell. Regardless, we wish them the best of luck, because it does sound like a very cool idea at the core.
What do you think? Is this the Last Starfighter continuation you've been waiting for, or would you prefer a long-awaited sequel?