A reboot of cult sci-fi film “Starship Troopers” is underway, as reported Thursday by THR. Columbia Pictures has commissioned Mark Swift and Damien Shannon to write the screenplay, the team behind “Freddy vs Jason,” the 2009 “Friday the 13th” reboot and the upcoming “Baywatch” film, which stars Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron.
No director has been named at this point, though THR states no personnel from the original are involved in the reboot. Producers Neal H. Moritz and Toby Jaffe are attached to this project, and have experience rebooting another Paul Verhoeven-directed film: They were the the producer team of 2012’s “Total Recall,” which reimagined the 1990 sci-fi hit.
“Starship Troopers” received mixed reviews upon its release in 1997. It was perceived by detractors as a vapid endorsement of jingoistic militarism thinly veiled over a cheesy science fiction story about a war with bugs on a distant planet. Fans of the 1959 novel of the same name by Robert A. Heinlein were just as displeased with the film, considering it a perversion of the source material.
The movie — which grossed $121.2 million worldwide from a reported $105 million production budget — wventually became a cult favorite and spawned three direct-to-video sequels, perhaps due to the film’s satirical elements becoming more apparent when it started to mirror American politics some years later. THR reports the upcoming film will not be a remake of Verhoeven’s film, but rather a closer adaptation of Heinlein’s novel for an “all-new take.” Given that producers Moritz and Jaffe took out much of the satire in their “Total Recall” reboot, it’s possible a new “Starship Troopers” could lack the subversive element of Verhoeven’s film.
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