‘Starship Troopers’ Reboot Officially In The Works

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starship troopers reboot Starship Troopers Reboot Officially In The Works

It’s apparently only a matter of time before director Paul Verhoeven’s entire filmography (not to mention, every cult sci-fi title from the 1980s and ’90s) gets rebooted for the 21st century.

Case in point: besides there being new cinematic versions of both RoboCop and Total Recall, yet another cinematic sci-fi series that originated with a film by Verhoeven is getting rebooted – namely Starship Troopers, which tells the tale of a futuristic war between humankind and a race of deadly, giant, insect extraterrestrials.

The Starship Troopers property began as a novel written by Robert A. Heinlein, published in 1959. Verhoeven’s 1997 film is a pretty loose adaptation that cost over $100 million to produce, and initially divided critics over both its quality and what sort of narrative it was aiming to be (a militaristic sci-fi satire? An action flick that glorified fascism? A silly gore-filled bit of popcorn fluff?). It subsequently earned a cult following and inspired a couple of direct-to-DVD sequels, along with a TV series and video game spinoffs – not to mention,  it featured a memorably hammy supporting turn by Neil Patrick Harris, prior to his career resurgence as an adult actor.

Moving on…

Vulture says that producer Neal H. Moritz (who is also behind the new Total Recall) has recruited writing duo Ashley Edward Miller and Zack Stentz to script a reboot of the Starship Troopers franchise. Miller and Stentz have previously worked on the screenplays for comic book flicks like Thor and X-Men: First Class, along with TV shows such as Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Andromeda, and Fringe.

Those scribes’ collective resume also includes the 2003 Frankie Muniz-Hiliary Duff (failed) franchise starter, Agent Cody Banks – but, hey, nobody’s perfect.

starship troopers paul verhoeven Starship Troopers Reboot Officially In The Works

A new 'Starship Troopers' movie is on the way.

Chances are good that (like just about every other reboot out there) the new Starship Troopers movie will be sold as grittier and more grounded in tone than its cinematic predecessor. However, similar to the Total Recall and Logan’s Run “updates”, this project could be designed as a more loyal interpretation of Heinlein’s original source material – rather than a strict remake of Verhoeven’s movie (check out the Wikipedia page for a quick rundown of some of the major differences between the Starship Troopers book/film).

Once again, it goes without saying that a Starship Troopers reboot is not really what you would call “necessary” and that there will be plenty of negativity directed towards this project from the get-go, based solely on the principle of the matter (ie., general dislike for Hollywood’s current love affair with remakes/reboots).

All that said: if this specific reboot does indeed end up coming to fruition, then at least there’s some genuinely solid writing talent working on it. That’s better than nothing, right?

We will keep you posted on the status of the Starship Troopers reboot as the story develops.

Source: Vulture 

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  1. According to the Wikipedia article, there was no romance in the novel; in fact, Dizz was a male soldier killed in the first chapter. I hope they keep that, but they probably won’t. For some reason, Hollywood thinks that no film will be successful unless there is some type of romance.

    • Um that wasnt romance between those too!

      • Sexual encounter…whatever. Point is, according to the Wikipedia article, even the relationship with Rico and Carmen were just friends (not romantic).

  2. Why? Why remake an already awful/AWESOME movie? How about they just pen something that’s original and call it a day?

    • They did write a new original alien flick. It was called Battle: Los Angeles. Nobody went to it.

      • That’s possibly because they forgot to put a story into that mess they called “Battle: Los Angeles.”

        • Oh GOOD GRIEF!

          I want to cry it from the highest mountaintop, People! Stop enabling Hollywood! Put an end to the weak “It’s just a movie!” defenses of Hollywood.

          We all get what the relatively small, but influential group of moviegoers pay for. We reap what they sow.

          The more people passively accept whatever junk comes out every weekend just leads to more junk.

          • The fact it seems to be the same producers/writers behind all of this should really tip people off that they are paying for someone’s re-hashed version of something else. Funny thing is these same people cry foul when they are questioned on the quality of their work, or if it was true to the source material.

            The argument that it is their own vision, or re-imagining of something that someone else did seems like an oxymoron to me. It’s really hard to have an original take on something someone else did, it’s pretty much the same as when some musicians said they were “sampling” other people’s work, and then just stopped even trying to cover it up and were doing straight re-makes of songs.

        • Aliens invade. The military fights back and evacuates citizens. It’s a sci-fi action – war movie, not a Oscar award winning drama.

          • And the “original” part of that “alien flick” would be…?

            • One, it wasn’t a remake or reboot. Two, they made a realistic war movie with the military fighting aliens. Seems more original than remaking Starship Troopers.

              • It was about as deep as a frisbee… and not nearly as fun. And if a by-the-numbers alien invasion movie today is considered original simply because it isn’t a remake or reboot, then Hollywood is, as James Cameron put it (though he shouldn’t really be casting stones about originality these days–Avatar!), having a “story crisis.”

                • By the way, I hate remakes as much as the next guy. But if they’re going to make something original, then make it ORIGINAL!

                  Battle: LA wasn’t.

                • It was an alien invasion filmed in the style of a modern war movie. Realistic war movie with aliens? I still say that is original. Maybe not to you since H.G Wells wasn’t given credit for inventing that genre. Also, there have been other original alien films in the last few years like District 9 or Super 8. These movies get made and are really good. But people don’t go to them in the theaters because Marvel isn’t attached to the title or it’s not something they’ve heard of. That’s why everything is being rebooted…brand recognition. It’s all marketing.

            • That its based on an actual event.

        • I liked Battle:LA. I think it’s unfairly maligned. Oh well.

        • Actually, I really liked Battle: Los Angeles. First, I was surprised at how good Aaron Eckhart was at playing a soldier. Second, I felt that it was the truest portrayals of a military response to an alien invasion that I have yet seen from Hollywood. And there was a story. It was primarily about the PTSD, trauma, guilt, doubt, and recovery of Eckhart’s character.

    • You know … you people really need to read the book, and not just rely on Wikipedia garbage. You have seen books, right? You can even get them electronically.

      It’s not an “invasion” story, it’s a story of “boots on the ground” guys (there are no women in the ground-pounders unit, they are all starship pilots) trying to PREVENT an invasion. There is an attack on Earth, but that event is used as a patriotic impetus for the protagonist, Juan (Johnny) Rico to join the Mobile Infantry. This is a book about duty, about responsibility, not just a whizbang Hollywood summer blockbuster. Verhoeven made a mess out of the book with his stupid CGI and special effects.

      Read the book!

  3. Oh For CRYING OUT LOUD! ENOUGH with the remakes/reboots. Make it Stop! What’s next a remake/reboot of Steamboat Willy by Disney? Oh wait I know! A remake of Gone with the Wind. *sigh*

    • The only way this will ever stop is if the masses finally decide to use their brains to think and decide not to pay to see these unnecessary and often horrible remakes.

      Until then, we’ll all get more of this.

    • Stop crying you worthless piece of s***. People like remakes/reboots and all the movies are not made to satify you alone. Don’t like it then f*** off and wait for another movie to be made and stop crying already.

  4. Umm…didn’t they just announce a few weeks back a 4th Starship Troopers film called Marauders? Is that being cancelled for this, or what?

    • They allready did a movie with the Marauders and could barley sit through it.

  5. what??? are u kidding me!!!! y reboot this?? this is gonna suck!! the first star ship troopers is always the best and will always be. screw this remake!! if they remake back to the future then Hollywood have officially run out of ideas

  6. I would not be surprised if I hear rumors of a star wars reboot in the next few years. ugh

    • Lucas isn’t even done with his ORIGINAL movies to reboot anything.

      • haha good point

  7. At this point studios should just announce what movies and television shows they won’t be rebooting…..

  8. The only way they could do this is if they make a more serious war film. If they make it campy like the original then it will fail. I don’t think it would have the same charm if they tried to copy the first films tone. I wonder if they will be looking for big stars for this or relatively unknowns?!

    • I have read the book and I saw why longtime fans didn’t care for the campy nature of the movie. Problem with the concept is that Aliens kind of beat them to the punch, and is in essence allot of what Starship Troopers should have looked like.

  9. YES! I hope they don’t screw it up, though. I love Starship Troopers!!!

  10. Impossible. Its not rebootable. SST1 is the utimate script that could be made out of the book.

    • Giant bugs and guys with machine guns? What’s not to like?

  11. I actually loved the first movie in spite of the cheesy dialogue and horrible acting.

    What blew me away were the special effects. With a different storyline/actors, the bugs in that movie could hold-up to today’s movies…no problem.

    I’m just shocked that this movie has been chosen over other lesser-known movies to reboot. Surely it would make more sense to reboot a crappy, D-level bomb into something awesome than to take a well-known commodity and try to make it better.

    I just don’t understand Hollywood sometimes.

  12. I can’t believe there is not a video game? It’s perfect for one!

  13. I thought they were making Animated direct to DVD sequel I heard it somewhere isn’t that true? And I say NO to REBOOT get over it Hollywood be more creative make something from your creativity it seems HW has run out of ideas!

  14. I think efforts for a StarCraft live-action adaptation would be better put to good use rather than rebooting this one.

    But homage aside, I’m still all for a more faithful adaptation of this classic Heinlein novel provided that Ridley Scott ditches his Prometheus in favor of rebooting ST – of which the chances are nil.

  15. Well if they they follow the book more closely,it won’t be a reboot. It’ll be original.

  16. I read the novels. Starship Troopers 1997 was a fun campy movie. It did NOT live up to the novels though. The novels are gritty, hard and have power assault armor equipped soldiers. This is what I want to see. I only hope they stay with the novels and not the 1997 movie.

  17. Starship Troopers is the greatest classic sci-fi movie ever.

    I was got scared and enjoyed by the movie when I was a kid.

    Remaking it? I think it might be a good idea because it’s got good writers and all it neeeds is a good director.

    • The first one compared to the rest of them yeah in a sense it is a classic. Five minutes into Starship Troopers 2 I wanted to stop watching but forced myself to sit through it and to this day was one of the biggest waste of an hour and half life. I haven’t watched any of them since then. Yeah I am judging the rest of them based off the second.

  18. WOW!!! Never in a million years would I think I would be reading this story. This thought would have never crossed my mind. Leave this franchise alone please!!!!!

  19. Why, why?
    Closer to the Source-Material? That’s what Starship Troopers 3 already did! And it had Casper van Dien in it.
    I am so tired of those unnecessary reboots.

  20. Would you like to know more ?

  21. Geez, another remake of one Paul Verhoeven’s great films? C’mon Hollywood! If you wanna remake a film of his, try remaking Showgirls since that bombed.

    Starship Troopers was the only one i liked. I didn’t care for the sequels.
    Hollwood should try remaking films that flopped, not ones that did well.

    • Showgirls 2.0
      Now we know what Lindsy Lohan will be staring in for her “come back” movie.

      • Lot’s of luck of that happening for her,lol. She barely bared it in Machete. Id like to see Anna Paquin,lol. She never seemed the type to bare nothing till i seen her in True Blood.

  22. why cant it be an unofficial sequal, not a remake? all these remakes that are trying to be darker and grittier are missing out on what made a lot of these origional films good, a bit of tounge in cheek and the more practical effect used in them. all these films listed ive seen, and love for their special effects and cheese factor. a remake just wouldnt have that quallity in todays fx heavy world.

  23. Bah, whatever. I really liked the original and thought the sequels had potential if done right but they completely ruined them by doing small budget, direct to DVD crap.

    I guess if they are willing to follow the book, sure ok.

    If they were going to reboot a scifi show I would MUCH rather they redo Wing Commander. It had so much potential but really fell flat and making the Kirathi hairless was just insulting.

  24. All kinds of wrong in this reboot. There was no real story in the first place. Some people just don’t know when to stop.

  25. I heard that the James Cameron movie ALIENS was a Starship Troopers rip-off. Is that true?

    • It’s not that Cameron ripped-off Starship Troopers, people just always felt Aliens matched the tone of the book more then Starship Troopers did. Cameron probably did read the book and was inspired by it, and to some extent the people who made the original Starship Troopers ironically might not have wanted to be compared to Aliens.

      • Cameron liked the dynamics of the relationships in the military unit in Heinlen’s “Starship Troopers” book. He made all of the actor soldiers in “Aliens” read the book and then made them spent some time together to jell as a “unit.” hat’s why “Aliens” FEEL like Heinlen’s book, although the script has nothing to do with it. Too bad Verhoeven was too clueless and hippy to do the same. That’s why “Starship Troopers” the movie completely misses in what the book was trying to present.
        By the way, there was another war movie (about Vietnam War) whose director did the same thing as Cameron, but I forgot the title. This also explain why Avatar had elements of Heinlen’s book in it (the mech suits).

  26. Can all anyone do is b**** about reboots and remakes. Its an easy cash grab for some reason they want to make money. Duhhhh … hey if its so easy to create a new idea, story , product , ext. You do it .