After years of being lost in space (or development hell, if you prefer), it looks like '80s sci-fi classic The Last Starfighter might finally be making it back to our screens.
According to Variety, "Starfighter" scribe Jonathan Betuel is working on a TV spinoff titled The Starfighter Chronicles, and, much like its predecessor, is looking to push the boundaries of what is possible technologically.
When The Last Starfighter came out all those moons ago back in 1984, it was groundbreaking in its use of computer generated imagery. Along with Tron it was one of the first movies to make extensive use of CGI, and while it all looks a bit outdated these days, I remember being totally blown away by the whole experience when I saw it as a kid - well that, and the fact that I really believed if I practiced enough arcade games I too could get recruited by Star League to defend the frontier against Xur and the Ko-Dan armada.
Well, it seems that Betuel is eager to bring this sense of wonder and technological advancement to a whole new generation as The Starfighter Chronicles will incorporate virtual reality into the viewing experience, allowing the viewers, who have special VR headsets, to explore spaceships or even get right into the middle of epic space battles. As Betuel admitted in a recent interview:
"The otherworldliness of it lends itself to VR."
While the show is still very much in the early development stage, we already know that it won't continue the story of the original movie - where an arcade game-loving kid was recruited to be an ace fighter pilot in an intergalactic war - but will instead be a "a serialized story about alien law enforcement."
As long as we get more of this, I'll be more than happy:
To add to the warm and fuzzy feelings of nostalgia that are no doubt building up inside of you, here's what some of the cast of The Last Starfighter look like now.