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Mark Newton

Starship Troopers seems to me to be one of those movies that doesn't require a remake. The 1997 sci-fi cult classic still holds up surprisingly well to modern day standards of action and special effects. Furthermore, it's political satire and commentary was in many ways predictive of the post-9/11 era.

Anyway, nothing is sacred when Hollywood is involved, and eventually some movie making big-shot thinks you'll fork out money to see a remake. The original director is not associated with the project, which is currently being handled by Back to the Future producer Toby Jaffe and Thor and X-Men: First Class writer Zack Stentz.

When asked by film blogger Scott Weinberg what the remake would resemble, Stentz replied it would be more patriotic than satirical, stating:

Less a satire & more an actual adaptation of the Heinlein novel. 'An Officer & A Gentleman' in power armor.

This is certainly rather 'interesting'. Robert A. Heinlein's original Starship Troopers novel has widely been criticized as a celebration of war, militarism and even fascism. Verhoeven used the material to create a satire of these virtues, presenting a movie which showed the futility of war and the eroding influence of militarism and nationalism on society. Verhoeven once claimed his satire and use of hyperbole was intended to "play with fascism or fascist imagery to point out certain aspects of American society... of course, the movie is about 'Let's all go to war and let's all die'". Indeed, he claimed to have read only the first few chapters of the original book before he became "bored and depressed".

With that being said, it was certainly impressive he was able to promote these ideas while simultaneously delivering a rather pulpy and exaggerated action movie. But maybe the remake will never see the light of day? In 2012 Verhoeven told IndieWire:

I don’t know if they’re going to do Starship Troopers after the failure of Total Recall. Yes, they bought the rights, we know that, but I really thought they made a mistake when they did the remake by making it so serious. I’m not so sure [that approach] will work for ['Starship Troopers’] either. I think all of these films are accepted because they don’t take themselves so seriously. There’s a lightness, you believe it, but we also know it’s not true.

In any case, the news of the remake and its closer alignment with the original book is slightly discouraging for this sci-fi fan. And now, because I've spouted politics for too long, here's an awesome battle clip from Starship Troopers.


What do you think? Are you looking forward to the remake? Or do you agree with me? Let us know below.


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