The Last Fighter didn’t set the box-office on fire when it made its debut in the mid-80s but it has since gone on to become a cult favourite amongst sci-fi fans. The sci-fi flick depicted a teenager who is obsessed with beating an arcade game in his hometown. Unbeknownst to him, the arcade game is actually a recruiting tool designed by aliens to find fighter pilots to aid in an intergalactic war.
The premise of the film has its elements of appeal, which is why several parties are now looking to reboot the film and give it an updated spin. Gary Whitta, a writer who penned The Book of Eli and After Earth is one such individual, who wants to work on the reboot treatment for The Last Starfighter, but he admits rights issues could be the main stumbling block for the film ever getting made.
“Man, I wish. I’m one of a very long list of screenwriters who would kill for the opportunity to bring that back,” commented Whitta. “It just seems like the rights are impossible to figure out. Maybe one day. If there’s one thing that movie taught me, it’s to never stop believing that anything is possible. Even in Hollywood.”
The rights for The Last Starfighter belong to original writer Jonathan R. Betuel. According to various reports, both Seth Rogen and Steven Spielberg have attempted to obtain those rights in the past with little success.