Paul Verhoeven‘s 1997 Starship Troopers has got to be one of the most badass sci-fi action films of all time. It’s a glorious mixture of violence, gore and dystopian satire that still holds up today. Now, coming straight from original screenplay writer Ed Neumeier (Robocop), there are some fresh updates on the film property. Neumeier recently spoke about about sci-fi classic and mentioned the potential for a Starship Troopers TV series. Would you like to know more?
In a recent interview with HN Entertainment, Neumeier teased the possibility of a TV series that might bring back the old cast and work as a sequel of sorts.
“Well, I think they can. I don’t want to jinx anything, but we are talking about trying to do a television show that is based on that idea.”
Neumeier then went on to share his thoughts on the potential PG-13 reboot spearheaded by Sony:
“Well, I have mixed feelings about it [the reboot] because I think that what we did with the first Starship is almost not repeatable in a way… I based the structure of Starship Troopers when I was writing it, the structure of WWII propaganda films that the studios made between 1941 and 1944. We don’t really talk about those movies anymore, but that had a very particular structure and they were made during a conflict and they didn’t have an end-point as with Starship ends they’ll keep fighting.”
“I can imagine you could do a new one that was a more serious version of the book without the political commentary, but I don’t know if that interests me that much. The spectacle of the giant creatures and the ridiculous bloodshed, all that stuff, I don’t know if in this world of CG where you can do all that stuff pretty easily seeing a bunch of creatures fighting might not interesting enough right now, for me. But other people might like it.”
“I’m not sure, their idea is as I understood at a certain point was they said to kind of do An Officer and The Gentleman, Johnny Rico as the Officer and The Gentlemen version of a sci-fi movie. So, maybe you could do that a romantic picture about kids coming up together in the service and one of them becoming an officer and all of that means, you know. It’s really not what Heinlein’s about, but that’s okay I can imagine you could do that. I’m not sure who goes to see that movie though.”
A Starship Troopers series aimed at purely at adult audiences has the potential to be amazing, especially if it got picked up by a generous streaming service like Netflix. A reboot of the film however, looks like it would only be the latest in a long and recent line of PG-13 reboots that end up as pale imitations of their originals.
At the moment there’s little to go on, so don’t get too excited(or angry) just yet. We’ll keep you updated with new details as they come out.