According to The Hollywood Reporter, director Shawn Levy has signed on to helm the remake, with a script from Grace of Monaco's Arash Amel. The plot will presumably follow the original film, in which an alien, played by Jeff Bridges, crash lands on Earth and learns to be human with the help of Karen Allen.
Carpenter characterized the film as "an apology" after his grim alien film, The Thing, and was something of a work-for-fire director on the project. The film also generated a short lived television series in which the alien returned in the form of Airplane's Robert Hayes to raise his hybrid son.
Starman is not the only Carpenter film earmarked for a remake. Escape from New York has been in development for many years.