On a recent podcast I remember discussing briefly the fact that although we have plenty of video games being adapted for the big screen nowadays, we hardly ever see movies anymore about people getting sucked into video games or actually playing them. I guess in a way it makes sense because movies like Tron seem pretty cheesy 25 years later, but you’d think that the idea of immersing yourself in a virtual world is now more relevant than ever before. Anyway, it looks like one of these classic 80’s video game movies is about to get sequel-ized!
The Last Starfighter tells the story of Alex, a teenager who lives in a trailer park and spends most of his time playing an arcade game called Starfighter. When he beats the game one day, a strange man shows up and introduces himself as the creator of the game. The thing is, he’s actually an alien from another universe, and he is there to recruit Alex to become a real-life Starfighter! Despite the fact that it feels like a low budget version of Star Wars, the movie is still a lot of fun, and anyone who grew up in the 80’s will probably remember it fondly. But is the world ready for a sequel? According to Cinema Blend, director Nick Castle, writer Jonathan Betuel and star Lance Guest are all on board for The Last Starfighter 2, which would be based on a “Son of the Starfighter”-type storyline. The movie is supposedly being produced by George Paige and Associates, and starts shooting next month. Can it work? Will anyone see it? I have my doubts, but at the same time, I think my curiosity outweighs them.