Long-awaited 'Last Starfighter' sequel 'very, very close' and has a sizzle reel

The Last Starfighter” may finally get the follow-up sci-fi fans have been waiting decades for.

Screenwriter Gary Whitta shared on Twitch on Thursday afternoon the latest details regarding the long-awaited sequel to the vastly underrated 1984 sci-fi adventure and said, “We’re very, very close. We’re basically on the one yard line and I believe it will happen.”

He also shared a “sizzle reel” — which is like a rough trailer or a concept presentation — that he and screenwriter Jonathan Betuel — who wrote the original movie had put together with the aid of artwork from Matt Allsopp — who worked on “Rogue One” and music from Chris Tilton and Craig Safan — who composed the score for the original movie.

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The sizzle reel teased the idea of many Starfighters coming together to once again fight interstellar evil. (Image credit: Jonathan Betuel/Gary Whitta/Universal Pictures)

The original movie starred Lance Guest as Alex Rogan — a down-on-his-luck teenager, struggling to make something of his life — and Dan O’Herlihy as Grig — his lizard-like alien mentor. Stuck in a trailer park, life wasn’t exactly throwing opportunities at Alex and his only form of escapism was a video arcade game called “The Last Starfighter” that he poured every available quarter into. As such, he became pretty good at it and finally achieved the record high score by actually completing the game. 

However, what Alex didn’t know is that the arcade game was in fact serving as a recruitment tool to find potential