The Last Starfighter is a cherished touchstone for those of us who grew up in the 1980s, a hunk of pure nostalgia that speaks to the heart of everybody who ever felt trapped in a life too small and dreamed of adventures that seemed impossibly far away. It was also part of the incredible “class of 1984,” a ridiculous cinematic lineup that included the likes of Ghostbusters, Gremlins, The Terminator, Dune, and Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. Given its status as a beloved cult classic, it’s surprising that we haven’t seen a reboot or sequel after all these years. And it’s actually a project that could be well suited for the reboot treatment: the basic story not only holds up, but the movie’s begging for updated effects and a tweaked storyline that brings the arcade trappings into the modern age. But it turns out we may never see a Last Starfighter reboot or sequel, because even Steven Spielberg tried…and failed.
One of television’s current favorite trends is spinning feature films into series, and shows like FX’s Fargo have proven how this concept can be a success. Time will tell for the roughly 3,000 other similar projects currently in development. One of those, a longform sequel to Steven Spielberg’s 2002 thriller Minority Report, has been in development over the past few weeks, and Fox is the network that beat all the others to drop a bunch of money into the project’s lap. Say goodbye to dreams of weighty cable fare everyone, if you ever even had them in the first place.
To specify things, Fox didn’t actually order Minority Report to series, but they shelled out major coin for a put-pilot commitment, which means they’re required to air the series’ pilot or pay a very stiff penalty should they break that contract. It’s basically saying they’re either definitely going to officially order it soon, or they’re perfectly comfortable with hemorrhaging money on a whim. We wouldn’t be surprised by either choice. We also wouldn’t be surprised if they change the name to Future Crime Unit and this becomes a procedural.
You know who Steven Spielberg is. He’s the filmmaker responsible for some of the most celebrated, beloved movies of the last 40 years. His resume is like a laundry list of great films, from Jaws and Raiders of the Lost Ark, all he way up to Schindler’s List and Lincoln. He also has an obvious soft spot for science fiction, with the likes of E.T., Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Jurassic Park, and so many more. You know him via his movies, and though he still remains active as a film director, he’s been busy in the television realm lately as well, producing shows like CBS’ Extant. And now these two sides of his career are about to collide, as he plans to bring one of his fan favorite sci-fi films, Minority Report, to the small screen as a continuing series.
Based on Philip K. Dick’s short story of the same name, The Wrap reports that Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment is working to produce a TV serial around the 2002, Tom Cruise-starring film. To further this end, they’ve also reportedly hired Godzilla writer Max Borenstein. While that first part is totally exciting, the last part is rather meh. We loved Godzilla, but more for the monster and the spectacle, not for the story, writing, or characters, which all left much to be desired. Lets just say that the writing is not the strongest element of the film.
As a general rule, I consider sport hunters to be about the biggest assholes in world. There’s more of a grey area (sort of) when it comes to hunting for food, but few things piss me off like those dicks who hunt exotic animals for trophies and post pictures of themselves holding the corpses. These kinds of images often create a public backlash, like with that cheerleader from Texas Tech, and there was another one recently, kind of. An image of beloved filmmaker Steven Spielberg, made the rounds on the Internet and caused quite a stir, and when you look at it, you will most likely hang your head and weep for the future of the human race. Or laugh really hard.
As requested The Night Skies alien. Not finished, no eyes. Cover the top of his head and tell me who he looks like. pic.twitter.com/r3PxK1T98A
— Rick Baker (@TheRickBaker) May 22, 2014
Steven Spielberg’s E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial is a certified science fiction classic, one of the best family adventure films ever made, and the title character is one of the most iconic creature designs ever to hit the big screen. But there was a time when the story of a stranded extraterrestrial and the boy he befriends hadn’t yet coalesced in Spielberg’s mind, and instead he was set to make a very different alien film: a science fiction/horror flick called Night Skies. Now makeup maestro Rick Baker has shared pictures of some of the alien designs from Spielberg’s aborted Night Skies project on Twitter, including some that definitely resemble the eventual look of E.T.
The little green men are coming! Okay, so I’m not sure at this point whether any of them are little, green, or men, much less a combination of all three, but one thing is for certain: we’re about to get invaded. At least twice. Yesterday we told you about Colony, an alien invasion series in the works for the USA Network, from Lost executive producer Carlton Cuse. Well, now that show has some competition, as ABC has ordered to series The Whispers, a new science fiction invasion series produced by Steven Spielberg.
There aren’t many details available about The Whispers just yet, but we know the show involves unfriendly aliens who want to destroy and/or conquer our planet, and that their plan somehow involves using children. Heroes‘ Milo Ventimiglia stars as a man who wakes up on the streets of Washington D.C. with no idea who he is, but with a series of strange tattoos that could lead him to answers. Lily Rabe (American Horror Story) plays the tattooed amnesiac’s wife, Claire, and Revenge’s Barry Sloane is playing a Department of Defense investigator who stumbles onto something big.