Starship Troopers


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!



Next year will mark 20 years since the release of Starship Troopers, Paul Verhoeven’s sci-fi opus about human soldiers waging a war against giant space bugs. That’s the simplistic synopsis of the film, but it’s the subtle thematic work in the film that has allowed it to resonate still almost two decades later, particularly the vision of the future Earth with fascist overtones and the near canonization of military force. With that F-word being thrown around a lot with the present Presidential campaign, Casper Van Dien was asked at Toronto ComiCon his thoughts about the new prescience to Starship Troopers in this election year. (more…)

Starship Troopers Remake on the Way

The Hollywood remakes keep rolling along with the announcement that producer Neal Moritz is next turning his attention to a reboot of Paul Verhoeven’s 1997 sci-fi film Starship Troopers, which was LOOSLY based on the novel by Robert A. Heinlein. Vulture reports that Thor and X-Men: First Classscreenwriters Ashley Edward Miller and Zack Stentz have come on board to write the script.
Normally this NerdBastard would greet this kind of news with a loud *SIGH* and yawn, but in the case of a Starship Troopers remake  . . . perhaps they can . . .


Don’t get me wrong, I love that campy movie and it’s sequels. Starship Troopers is on the list of movies that can “trap me” and steal a Saturday afternoon away from me before I know it, but I am a huge fan of the Heinlein’s book. When you compare the two you feel pretty much like the picture of them dissecting the bug above. My reaction is pretty much like Dennis’s character. She pukes her guts out over digging through the bugs guts.

In this remake I want:








Casper Van Dien, Dina Meyer, Denise Richards, Jake Busey, Neil Patrick Harris, Patrick Muldoon and Michael Ironside starred in the original, in which Earth is at war with a race of giant alien insects. Maybe Casper or the others can get cameo roles, or perhaps play older officers.

I would love to see Ron Perlman or Ray Stevenson as Sergant Zim, Who would you cast in a remake?

Starship Troopers To Be Animated, Again.

Back in 1959 Robert A. Heinlein published what many call the archetypal military science fiction story, Starship Troopers. It has long been the go-to text book for lovers of social/political/military science fiction, not to mention gave us power armored soldiers that stomp bugs, James Cameron made it required reading on the set of Aliens, the cover of the novel alone inspired artists to make mecha anime in Japan. 1997 Paul Verhoeven tried his best to ruin that legacy with his big screen adaption of the book that took certain liberties with the source (as in, more or less changed everything). Slowly chipping away at Heinlein’s fine work to be come a ‘so bad its good’ nerds guilty pleasure. Toss in a CGI tv show (Roughnecks was so so good) some direct to video sequels, both video and table top games that never really happened and you’d think they’d finally give up on ruining a good book.

Think again.