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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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  • I grew up wanting to be The Last Starfighter - here's a great video to remember this classic movie:

    And today is the 50th anniversary of NASA! Alex Rogan had a dream ...

    By Blogger Nick Mendoza, at 9:25 PM  

  • The Last Starfighter was a great inspiration to me. I thought the special effects were exciting -- the Petal effect in the last battle against Zur and the Kodan Armada, for example. But I remember seeing the movie several times and thinking that it's real contribution was that it neatly summarized all the basics of human experience. Remember when the alien co-pilot enthusiastically said: "An impossible fight against overwhelming odds!" Really good stuff. They don't make 'em like they used to!

    By Blogger bob in ny, at 9:05 PM  

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