Fast & Furious producer going ahead with remake of 1997 Paul Verhoeven movie . . .

Producer Neal H. Moritz has hired Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz, two writers on the X-Men: First Class movie, to revamp the Starship Troopers franchise.

Little is known about the project as yet. Will it be a remake of the Paul Verhoeven movie (why!?) or will it go back to the original Robert Heinlein source novel?

The Verhoeven movie wasn’t particularly true to Heinlein’s 1959 book as the Dutch director made use of the platform to throw in snarky comments on the fascism inherent in the book.

(In the novel only soldiers are allowed to vote and public whipping is at the order the day. One senses that Heinlein, who served in the U.S. Navy for five years, took this sort of thing quite seriously.)

At the time critics and audiences didn’t quite get it and the film only made over $121 million worldwide (the budget was an estimated $105 million).

It is open season on Verhoeven movies in Hollywood right now. Moritz is also a producer on the Total Recall remake, which is in post-production right now, and plans are also going ahead with a Robocop reboot as well.

Verhoeven brought his own brand of sly black humor to all these projects and one can only imagine how contemporary Hollywood remakes will simply wash out whatever it was that these films so memorable in the first place.

 

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  • Awakener

    This is a horrible idea. The original was such a great satire and hollywood doesn’t seem to have any room for any intelligence anymore. bab bad bad idea.

  • Awakener

    all these verhoven reboots are bad ideas. I would have been all about the Robocop remake had Aronofsky still been at the helm. But a Total Recall remake with collin farrel replacing Arnold? HA! thats laughable!

  • Rontairborne

    Remake the movie and stay true to Heinlien’s book and utilize the CGI available today. The first movie failed to have the MI in Power Suits, that’s why they are called Mobile Infantry! The book book never said that only soldiers are allowed to vote. It advocated a society in which citizens gained the right to vote by serving their nation/government in some capacity. Citizens who earned the right to vote respected and cherished it more than those who were just given it by means of birth. In the book the recruiter tried his best to discourage Rico from joining the MI and to serve in something other than the mobile infantry. Corporal punishment was used because so-called modern rehab techniques didn’t deter crime and respect for the law. The use of corporal punishment was seen as a last ditch effort preferable to possible execution.

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