Last Starfighter Sequel - Matt Allsop - Gary Whitta

Are We Getting A Last Starfighter Sequel?

Did you hear that incredibly high pitched noise earlier today? That was probably me as I read the news we might be getting a Last Starfighter sequel. The news came from Gary Whitta’s official Twitter feed on the 4th. I heard the news however thanks to Den of Geek! yesterday morning. In fact I was working at the arcade and literally ran down the row of arcade cabinets, that were popular when the original film was released, all but shouted out that a Last Starfighter sequel was in the works!
Last Starfighter Sequel - 1984 poster

However, there was some confusion for a bit after Whitta shared some beautiful artwork by Matt Allsopp. Was this upcoming film going to be a sequel or a reboot? Thanks to an interview with io9, we know it is actually both:
“…but right now we have a fully developed story that is a combination of reboot and sequel that we both think honors the legacy of the original film while passing the torch to a new generation.”

Last Starfighter Sequel - Matt Allsopp - Gary Whitta

All concept art courtesy of Gary Whitta.

Of course if you are a fan of the 1984 film, you owe it to yourself to hop on over and read that interview on io9. Gary Whitta is co-writing the script for the Last Starfighter sequel with Jonathan Betuel. If that name happened to ring a bell it’s probably because Jonathan so happens to have been the screenwriter for the 1984 movie. As well as penning the script and directing My Science Project, then acting as producer and writer for Freddy’s Nightmares!

[Via] Night of the Trailers

That isn’t to say that Gary Whitta isn’t a recognizable name however. To name a few projects the screenwriter and author has had a hand in, The Book of Eli, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and 4 episodes of Star Wars: Rebels.

Beyond these amazing pieces of art by Matt Allsopp, we literally have nothing else to go on. Besides that interview of course, which is reassuring to read. It most certainly sounds like Whitta is truly a fan of the original movie. While the possibility of seeing the Last Starfighter sequel is probably years away. This type of news definitely puts a spring in your step, right?

While we are waiting for a Last Starfighter sequel, why not listen to the original soundtrack?

Craig Safan’s score for the original film is easily in my top ten soundtracks of all time.

[Via] Chris Knittle & Norsk Torsk

Cabin Fever

Retro Guy’s Winter Day: Cabin Fever – VC & RVG #9

Cabin Fever…a lot of us suffer from it during the winter. Even people who usually spend most of their time indoors playing retro video games as well as messing around with vintage computers.
Cabin Fever

So I decided to make a video of how I usually pass a winter’s day and fight off cabin fever.

For this ninth video of Vintage Computers & Retro Video Games – I’m joined once again by my robot friend, Robie Junior from Radio Shack.

[Via] Justin Salvato

When I’m not working on my boxing website, I am in fact scrounging the internet and thrift shops for vintage computer systems & retro gaming consoles. When you have the time make sure to visit my personal YouTube page for more retro fun.

The Art of Barry Blankenship

Weekend Warrior

After discovering the Weekend Warrior artwork above, I went in search of more from artist Barry Blankenship and I didn’t come away disappointed. His use of colour is amazing and when he turns his eye to Planet of the Apes (below) and The Last Starfighter (bottom), the results are mesmerizing.


Check out Barry’s website and his store for more great pieces, including his ‘Jacked‘ series of famous vehicles!

Masters Of The Universe Meets Cormac McCarthy By Dax Delap!

Have you ever wondered how Cormac McCarthy might pen a comic book issue of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe? Thanks to longtime Retroist Regular, Dax, we now know the answer.

It’s a tongue in cheek look at when the strongest man in Eternia has a bad day…a very bad day.

[Via] Dax’s Tumblr Blog

I shot a quick e-mail to have the artist explain his reasoning for this particular illustration and he was kind enough to reply:

“Considering how powerful He-Man was supposed to be (I think there’s an episode of the classic cartoon where he picks up Castle Greyskull), I thought it would be funny to imagine what would happen if he decided to stop pulling his punches and wipe out all his foes at once. And then I started to imagine what it would be like for my He-Man to find himself in an existential crisis after that’s done and there’s no one left to contend with.”

Make sure to check out Dax’s blog for more illustrations…everything from General William Tecumseh Sherman to a Zando-Zan from the Last Starfighter!