Starship Troopers Remake Gets Writers. Would You Like to Know More?

Casper van Dien and Dina Meyer in Starship Troopers (1997) Movie Image

I absolutely love Paul Verhoeven’s 1997 sci-fi actioner “Starship Troopers”. It’s one of those films that is just so Godawful in so many ways, yet so brilliant in so many other ways as well. How is that possible? Easy: watch the movie and you’ll find out.

Because “Starship Troopers” is over 14 years old (an eternity nowadays, apparently), it is now, of course, fodder for a remake. Producer Neal Moritz thinks so, too, and has assigned writing chores to “X-Men: First Class” scribes Ashley Edward Miller and Zack Stentz.

Denise Richards in Starship Troopers (1997) Movie ImageThe original “Starship Troopers” was loosely based on the novel by Robert Heinlein, and followed a small platoon of grunts as they graduate high school, enlist in the army, then get sent out into outer space to fight an army of “bug” creatures. (Have you notice that humans always seem to be fighting “bug”-like alien species nowadays? There will be bug-like “buggers” in “Ender’s Game” and more bugs in the upcoming “All You Need is Kill”, too. Curious…)

As much as I love Paul Verhoeven’s completely subversive, fascist-themed original, I can’t help but think a remake, with better actors, would make the film so much better. Mind you, I have nothing against the likes of Casper Van Dien, Dina Meyers, Denise Richards, or Jake Busey, but let’s face it, the original didn’t exactly have a powerhouse cast. Plus, the more I see Richards “act” in the movie when the film shows up on TV, the more I die inside. Then again, knowing Verhoeven’s CV, casting awful actors in the movie (including, yes, a then-pretty awful Neil Patrick Harris) might have been on purpose. The Dutchman has been known to be pretty sly back in his heyday.

Although the big-budget studio original came out in 1997, the franchise hasn’t exactly been sitting on its laurels. There have been two low-budget direct-to-DVD sequels so far, both starring Casper Van Dien. Both films had their moments, and continued the original’s heavy propaganda slant (perhaps a bit too heavily, re: obvious), but were otherwise pretty forgettable.

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Via : Vulture



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  • Debo4735

    I LOVED THE FIRST MOVIE; but the other two were god awful. You also have to give major props to the CGI show ROUGHNECKS: Chronicals of the Starship Troopers.

  • 0ptik

    I loved the first movie. The sequels were horrible though.

    I loved Clancy Brown in that movie. He made the movie for me. MEDIC!

    btw, its gary’s son jake that was in the movie.

    • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Nix

      Oops. Corrected.

  • Larrikin

    Maybe this time they will actually make “Starship Troopers”, not the cartoonish garbage that Verhoeven turned out. It was pretty obvious that neither he, nor his screen writers, even understood what the book was about.

  • X_p

    first one was wack-tight, why is this getting remade? o ya cus originality is dead and theyre feeding us regurgitated feces