This past weekend, a report that a sequel to the 1984 science-fiction classic The Last Starfighter was all set to begin filming in just a few weeks time swept across the internet. We even reported the story here.
But now, a few days and a few phone calls, later, it looks as if that particular rumor may have been a bit premature.
According to the report that originally appeared over at Cinema Blend, the film was being produced by a company called George Paige and Associates. A follow up story also named Relativity Media as being involved. Warner Brothers and Universal were also said to be involved, due to complicated rights issues stemming from the dissolving of Lorimar Pictures, the producers of the original film.
Yesterday, however, during a call made to George Paige and Associates, an unnamed spokesperson for the company stated that although the project was indeed listed on the company’s website as being in development there was no truth to the Cinema Blend story that the film was ready to begin principal photography. He then deferred all further questions to a contact at Relativity Media, who so far has not returned our phone calls.
So as things stand now, in contradiction to Cinema Blend’s anonymous source, a sequel to The Last Starfighter is not less than four weeks away from becoming a reality. However, that doesn’t preclude the fact that such a project may still be in development and that one day we will get to see the further adventures of a kid so good at a video game that he gets “recruited by the Star League to defend the frontier against Xur and the Ko-Dan armada.”
We are considering this an ongoing story and will report more as soon as we have more to report.