An ’80s classic, The Last Starfighter has been a Holy Grail remake for many filmmakers over the years, but Jonathan Betuel, its original writer and rights holder, refused to get on board.

Even names as big as Spielberg (and yes, we’re talking Steven, not Joe Spielberg from Nantucket) tried to convince him and failed, but now there’s some light at the end of the starfield.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story co-writer and The Last Starfighter uber-fan Gary Whitta has been collaborating with Betuel on relaunching the 1984 tale – where a red-hot video game player is recruited to defend the galaxy for real – for a new generation.

Obviously unable to hide his excitement, Whitta has shared some concept art on Twitter…

Whitta has already shared more details of his collaboration with Betuel in a brief interview with i09, claiming that “right now we have a fully developed story that is a combination of reboot and sequel that we both think honours the legacy of the original film, while passing the torch to a new generation.”

Part of the magic of the original was the classic effects technology of the time. While the tech could be mind-blowing now, it would likely remove some of that charm – but the story remains a great one, so we’re reservedly excited for more news of this project getting off the ground.

Ever wondered where the term “death blossom”, used everywhere from Overwatch to the Iraq War, originated? Here’s a reminder of all the fun of The Last Starfighter