Starship Troopers Getting A Controversial Reboot

A right-wing remake? Well, this could be Donald Trump's America...

Starship Troopers
Another reboot Get ready for more Starship Troopers. Image TriStar Pictures

Paul Verhoeven’s 90s classic Starship Troopers is the latest movie in line for a reboot.

Columbia Pictures have hired Baywatch writers Mark Swift and Damian Shannon to pen the script for the new film, which will ignore Verhoeven’s 1997 movie and take inspiration from Robert A Heinlein original sci-fi story.

Yes, that means original stars Casper Van Dien, Denise Richards and Dina Meyer sadly won’t be making a comeback.

There’s also a very risky creative move in the works for the new version. Verhoeven took Heinlein’s ideas and turned them into a scathing satire on war, fascism and propaganda.

It was very much akin to the corporate critique he laced throughout RoboCop, but Heinlein’s approach was much more direct.

In fact, the acclaimed sci-fi author had been criticised for promoting fascism in his original text. As noted by The Hollywood Reporter, there were even accusations of racism in its depiction of the alien “bugs”.

Verhoeven ditched much of the original story and his satirical approach helped guide the film away from the right-wing accusations Heinlein faced.

Still, the makers of the new Starship Troopers reboot will at least be hoping it fares better than the three direct-to-DVD sequels that followed it.

Starship Troopers 2: Hero of the Federation, Starship Troopers 3: Marauder and Starship Troopers: Invasion don’t sit on anybody’s favourite sci-fi movies list.

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