Way back in in 1997, Paul Verhoeven adapted Robert A. Heinlein’s classic novel Starship Troopers into a cult classic film of the same name (depending on your point of view). The campy sci-fi film detailed the war between the Terran Federation of Earth and the Arachnids of Klendathu. Starring actors as Casper Van Dien, Denise Richards, Clancy Brown, and even Neil Patrick Harris. The film was a bit of campy fun showing the soldiers as they go from enlisting due to a surprise attack by the bugs, through boot camp, to their war with the arachnids. Starship Troopers went on to make $120 million in the box office and thanks to home video has gained a cult following.
You all know where we are headed with this!
In a world of endless remakes and reboots, another Starship Troopers movie was bound to happen. It has just be revealed that Columbia Pictures will be rebooting the franchise. Produced by Neal H. Moritz from the Fast and Furious films and will be written by the upcoming Baywatch reboot writers Mark Swift and Damian Shannon. Cast and plot details will be coming soon.
Now is this a good idea? That depends on how you felt about the 1997 cult film. Many loved/hated the satire of the original film, as it played almost like a propaganda film that would have been made during World War II. The original film was essentially a YA film as well as it had a whole bunch of baby-faced movie starts, but given how atrocious YA films are nowadays, this might turn people off. Maybe the remake can get the “Battlestar Galactica” treatment and go in the exact opposite direction from light and campy and make a dark and gritty war film, similar to Edge of Tomorrow. We’ll just have to wait and see where they go.