So, they’re re-making Starship Troopers. I’m not sure how this makes me feel. I absolutely love the original. It was sharp, funny, and looked amazing. I re-watched it a few months back, and it still holds up well despite being released way back in 1997 (something which can’t be said for the awful sequels). I know that fans of the source material – the book Starship Troopers by Robert Heinlein – often decry the film for being a terrible rip-off as it completely missed the tone of the book, and missed out several major elements, including the powered armour that the Mobile Infantry wear in the book, but is never mentioned in the film. But to my mind Paul Verhoeven’s goal was to make a film that was both fun to watch, accessible to all, and still hints at the deeper themes of the book without becoming bogged-down in them.
Unfortunately a lot of people seemed to miss the point, and the film was only a moderate success, and has since become something of a cult favourite. Odds are that this time around, we’re likely to see a much more serious iteration of the material, probably sticking much closer to the source (yes, even including the powered armour). I don’t think this is a bad thing necessarily. But is it worthwhile?
So far the only details available are that Neil Moritz (Fast and Furious) has been named as Producer, and Ashley Edward Miller and Zack Stentz (Thor, X-Men First Class) are on board to write it. I’m not a major fan of any of their work (although First Class was pretty good), which doesn’t help to allay my fears.
I can’t see any remake of this film being as much fun as the first (since Sony who are behind it will undoubtedly blame the Verhoeven versions humour as the reason it didn’t become a box office smash), and I worry that it will in fact be quite dull. I may be wrong – in fact, I hope I am wrong – but I don’t see this ending well.
Plus, the original had Denise Richards looking hot, and Neil Patrick Harris looking like a Nazi. Win.
What do we think Crowd? Is this remake worth it?