John Carpenter wanted to shift gears and tackle a project that would be a change of pace from his usual horrific thrillers.
That’s just one of the myriad factors that resulted in this part-science- fiction-part-love-story-movie ever seeing the light of day. Starman is still one of the only films in its genre to earn it’s lead actor awards nominations. (Jeff Bridges’ nomination for an Academy Award for best actor and a Golden Globe in the same category for his portrayal of the visitor from another planet).
The story of how this film ever actually got made, and how it ended up in the version the public got to see, is convoluted and a little insane. A reminder that it’s remarkable that any of these movies ever get made, and that we should be more appreciative of the ones that do.
Starman spent five years in development at Columbia, and the number of rewrites and shifting around the film went through is pretty crazy
Ultimately, this charming movie was mostly well received by critics and is still widely beloved by fans. It’s a minor miracle we ever got to see it, considering the insanity that is Hollywood.
It went on to spawn a sequel in the form of a TV series featuring Robert Hays reprising the Bridges role.