In today’s remake news, a new version of Starship Troopers is advancing towards us with the unstoppable determination of an asteroid carrying bugs from Klendathu.
THR reports that a new take on the Robert A Heinlein novel, previously adapted with fantastic satirical spirit and flying body parts by the great Paul Verhoeven, is coming from Columbia Pictures.
The writers behind this new version are Mark Swift and Damian Shannon, who wrote the upcoming Baywatch movie starring Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron, as well as working on Freddy Vs Jason and the 2009 Friday 13th reboot.
At this point there’s no word on what tone the film will have, and that is one of our primary concerns. The novel is famously rather right wing, which Verhoeven and his team used as an opportunity for some wonderful satire; cribbing shots from Triumph Of The Will, blasting constant propaganda, and putting Doogie Howser in a SS uniform, without sacrificing the insane violence and gore). We’re naturally a little worried that we’ll get a Starship Troopers film that takes the book at face value, and we don’t want that.
The original film was released in 1997 and starred Casper Van Dien, Denise Richards, Dina Meyer, Neil Patrick Harris, Jake Busey, Michael Ironside and Clancy Brown. There were straight-to-DVD sequels of varying quality that we have seen but are currently struggling to remember.
This is just the latest Paul Verhoeven film to be snapped up for a remake. We’ve already had the very mixed bag that was the Robocop remake (which was not as bad as we’d feared, but not as good as it needed to be), and the powerfully dull Total Recall remake (which, much like those Starship Troopers sequels, we’ve definitely seen but, we are struggling to remember anything about it beyond John Cho’s marvellous hair and beard game).
Anyway, back to non-John Cho-related news: More on the Starship Troopers remake as we get it.
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