When I was a kid The Last Starfighter had a pretty big impact on my pre-adolescent brain.
I desperately wanted to be a Gunstar pilot to take on Xur and the Kodan Armada all by myself! Of course, at the time, CGI was in its infancy and I had no idea what I was looking at when a low-poly spaceship tore across the screen, or when I saw a Delorean-like space car fly.
All I knew was that it felt like the future... and I loved it.
I think we all dream of space travel, or at least imagine what the worlds beyond our solar system might be like, and although that future is still far off for humanity, movies function as the vessels that can take us there. We are at a time in history when we should have long shed things like poverty, racism, and petty politics, which are all self-created human problems. But lucky for us there are timeless stories out there like The Last Starfighter to help hold up a mirror to society and perhaps give us a glimpse at our greater destiny beyond the stars.
With the RetroWave period upon us (seeing the rebirth of popular 80's & 90's intellectual properties in television and cinema), this is likely to be the perfect moment in Hollywood history for a Last Starfighter sequel to exist. So I, among many other fans (including Jonathan Betuel himself and Rogue One writer @GaryWhitta), have seemingly set off on a personal crusade to bring a Last Starfighter sequel to life.
THE CAST: Bailey Olson (BAILEY), Bronwen Smith (VOICE OF MOM), John Prowse (VOICE OF GRAMPS)
THE CREW: Chad Costen (WRITER / DIRECTOR / EDITOR / VFX / LOCATIONS / ARCADE CABINET MAKER),
Justin Richards (KEY GRIP / TRANSPORTATION CONSTRUCTION ASSISTANT), Emily Houston (SET DECORATOR),
Dan Bidal (ADR RECORDIST / FOLEY / SFX / RE-RECORDING MIXER), Brad Hillman (POST-SOUND SUPERVISOR),
SPECIAL THANKS TO: Judy, Rick & Heather (MIRROR LAKE CAMPGROUND), John's Jukes LTD., David Hawbaker, Nucks.
THE LAST STARFIGHTER SUITE - Movie Score: CRAIG SAFAN
The fan-trailer (see above) and a feature length fan-film treatment that I've put together are meant to help re-light those Gunstar engines.
So please SHARE, LIKE, TWEET, POST, BLOG, CHAT & RANT about your love of (and shared hope for a sequel to)...
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Feature Film Synopsis: Thirty-five years after Alex Rogan took to the stars to save Earth, and countless other worlds as The Last Starfighter, our planet has remained ignorant of the trails and tribulations beyond our solar system. Bailey, daughter of Louis Rogan (Alex's little brother who grew up to be the Commander-in-Chief of The Star League), is banned from applying to the Starfighter Academy. In fact, she is trapped on Earth in the same trailer park where her father grew up. And after her famous uncle died on a secret mission to infiltrate the resurgence of a Xurian Cult, Louis forbade Bailey from following in Alex's footsteps. It was his dying wish that she live a normal life. But Bailey has "the gift" and dreams of living among the stars. She wants to bring peace to the Galaxy and help move Earth into an era of maturity, ridding the planet of its self-destructive behavior. Instead, she's stuck at home on a Saturday night babysitting the bratty neighbor's kid. But when opportunity comes, you gotta to hold on tight with both hands... And Bailey's opportunity for adventure is about to begin.
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