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Monday, July 28, 2008

'Tron 2' and 'Last Starfighter 2': The 80s Are Back!

I'll come out and say it: as a teen, I was a bigger fan of 'The Last Starfighter' (1984) than 'Tron' (1982.) Part of the reason was that it starred the inimitable Robert Preston in his final screen role; 'Last Starfighter' also had a lot more CG effects in it than 'Tron' did -- more than 27 minutes worth of the movie, at a budget of $14 million.

Like 'Tron,' 'Starfighter' was considered a box office flop.

Now, it seems that both movies are getting sequels.

'Tron 2' got lots of attention at Comic-Con last week, where some teaser footage was shown.

A Hollywood friend with some first-hand knowledge of the project told me today that the 'Starfighter' sequel, as Cinematical reported earlier this year, is going to be directed by Nick Castle, who did the original. It's still in pre-production. The Weinstein Company will likely finance and distribute.

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