Starship Troopers reboot to cut back the violence
The planned new Starship Troopers film will bring in the jump suits, but pull back on the violence, its producer has revealed…
Here’s a bit of, er, cheery news. The planned movie reboot of Starship Troopers is still pressing ahead, and an update of sorts has appeared on it in the new issue of Empire magazine. Specifically, producer Toby Jaffe has revealed that the violent elements of the project are set to be reigned in.
Jaffe is also producing the incoming new take on Total Recall, and he told Empire that “the more expensive a film is, the harder it is now to make it that violent. With Recall in particular, we made a conscious choice to keep it tonally closer to something like Minority Report. It gives the studio, and us as producers, the opportunity to reintroduce it in a new way”.
Confirming that the new film will be looking to use the jump suits from the Robert Heinlein book this time around, Jaffe said of Paul Verhoeven’s take on the material that his movie was “a critique of fascism, whereas Heinlein was writing from the persective of someone who had served in World War II … one man’s fascism is another man’s patriotism”.
It’s certainly true that there’s room in the source material for a different take on things, but the new Starship Troopers remains a project that it’s hard to get excited about. Let’s hope we’re all in for a nice surprise.
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