Besides the Alien franchise, no film united fans of horror and sci-fi quite like 1997’s Starship Troopers. Based on the novel by Robert A. Heinlein, the movie featured some hardcore gore and some seriously freaky giant alien insects, including one that looked like… well, if I attempt to describe it, we might get dinged by the censors! It wasn’t just great to watch; Starship Troopers featured political satire that was so biting and intensely over the top, it gave every utterance subtext—which makes the fact that many never saw it as anything more than a gung-ho action flick even more significant.
As we come up on Starship Troopers’ 20th Anniversary, it should come as no surprise to anyone that it’s next up on the Remake Train. THR got the exclusive:
Columbia Pictures is rebooting Starship Troopers, the 1997 science fiction film directed by Paul Verhoeven. The studio has tapped Mark Swift and Damian Shannon, the writing duo behind the upcoming Baywatch movie, to write the script for a new theatrical feature film that would relaunch a potential franchise.
In the original Starship Troopers: In the distant future, the Earth is at war with a race of giant alien insects. Little is known about the Bugs except that they are intent on the eradication of all human life. But there was a time before the war… A Mobile Infantry travels to distant alien planets to take the war to the Bugs. They are a ruthless enemy with only one mission: Survival of their species no matter what the cost…