Back in the late 90s, expert director of schlock Paul Verhoeven took a stab at adapting one of legendary sci-fi novelist Robert Heinlein’s most popular stories, “Starship Troopers”, and the results were something that resembled Heinlein’s far-looking, satirical tale less than it did a B-level genre piece that was far more…well, schlocky. Starship Troopers was all about bad acting, big explosions, disgusting amounts of bug goop, and exploitative co-ed naked shower scenes. It may not have been an adaptation with a tone that was true to its source material, but it had its own kind of charm, you know? And since it was just made in the 90s, and it’s got special effects that actually hold up pretty well, you wouldn’t think there would be any need to revisit the material again. But you would be wrong. Or at least producer Neal Moritz thinks you’re wrong.
You may have heard Moritz’s name before, he’s the Sony Pictures bigwig responsible for another recent remake; the upcoming and Colin Farrell-starring Total Recall. The similarities between these two projects are endless. The original Total Recall was also a Paul Verhoeven movie, it was also (very loosely) adapted from a story by a legendary science fiction writer (Philip K. Dick), and it was also something that nobody really thought needed to be remade. That film hasn’t hit theaters yet or anything, but Moritz must be really happy with what he’s seen of it, because with this new take on Starship Troopers he’s pretty clearly trying to copy the formula exactly.
According to Vulture, Moritz has hired Ashley Edward Miller and Zack Stentz to write the script. They’re best known for penning decent super hero fare like Thor and X-Men: First Class, so the new film should be in decent enough hands, but there isn’t yet any word on what their approach to the material is going to be. Will they stick pretty closely to Verhoeven’s vision of Starship Troopers being a big, dumb action property? Or will they take this thing in a different direction and try to stick closer to what Heinlein wrote originally?
I can’t say that I’m very interested in seeing another man fights bug movie regardless. They’re going to have to pull off something really great in the trailers to get me excited about another go around with this one. And no, a Casper Van Dien cameo isn’t going to cut it.