Starship Troopers is a forthcoming American sci-fi action horror film in development with rumoured scripted by Damian Shannon and Mark Swift (Friday the 13th, 2009; Freddy vs. Jason) for Columbia Pictures. Neal H. Moritz (Fast & Furious franchise) and Toby Jaffe (Total Recall remake) have been mooted as producers.
The Hollywood Reporter states that the new film will receive a theatrical release and is intended to reboot the franchise that spun off the original 1997 sci-fi horror movie directed by Paul Verhoeven.
Like that Starship Troopers adaptation, the new film will also be be based on Robert A. Heinlein’s science fiction war novel about a soldier named Johnny Rico who moves up the ranks as mankind fights a war against alien bugs.
Commenting further, Shannon and Swift tweeted:
“For the record, we think Verhoeven’s version is amazing and we aren’t trying to redo it. Will talk more about it soon, but we’re excited!”
Since the original announcement, and as reported by IndieWire, Paul Verhoeven has appeared at the Film Society of Lincoln Center to present his 1997 film, which highlighted the fascist possibilities of American society, and commented:
“It said in the article [that] the production team of that movie of the remake, that they would go back more and more towards the novel. And of course, we really, really tried to get away from the novel, because we felt that the novel was fascistic and militaristic. You feel that going back to the novel would fit very much in a Trump Presidency.”