Paul Verhoeven’s Starship Troopers is the perfect example of a classic, over the top gore filled extravaganza, and won the hearts of movie fans the world over. When nrws broke that a remake was being planned, fans were not impressed. I mean, it has only been fifteen years since the originals release and it still feels fresh today. It doesn’t need a remake, however producers Neal Moritz and Toby Jaffe seem to think it does need one. The pair are also the one’s behind the Total Recall remake, itself a new version of a Paul Verhoeven classic.
However, it seems that the new film will not be anywhere near as much fun as the original, with the producers sounding like they want to ditch the slapstick cheesiness for a more serious affair, and it also sounds like they are looking for less violence, blood and guts and appear to be heading down a more patriotic route. They claim they will be sticking closer to the original novel written by Robert A. Heinlein, and have hired X-Men: First Class writers Edward Miller and Zack Stenz to write the new version. Worryingly, in the following comments, it almost comes across that the producers are complaining about Verhoeven’s version:
“Verhoeven took it from one extreme and made it almost comical, whereas our job, as I see it, is to be a little more faithful to the book, and ground it a little more” Said Jaffe in a recent interview with Empire. ” The novel is extremely widely read, even today; it’s on school and university reading lists, and it’s read at all the military academies in the United States. Verhoeven had an agenda that made his movie a critique of fascism, whereas I think Heinlein was writing from the perspective of someone who had served in World War II as an American soldier, and was writing it at the time of the Korean War. Y’know, one man’s fascism is another man’s patriotism…”
All sounds a bit on the serious side to me, but it gets worse. Jaffe also explains how it is hard to make a violent big budget movie these days, and it sounds like they are opting out of he original adult’s only rating and will be heading down a more commercially friendly approach with less violence but bigger, better effects:
“The more expensive a film is, the harder it is now to have it be that violent,” Jaffe says. “It’s about re-interpreting it with a very new sensibility for a new generation that doesn’t really know the first film. It gives the studio, and us as producers, the opportunity to reintroduce it in a new way.” And what about the special effects? “What Verhoeven was able to do with the bug army in 1997 was phenomenal at the time, but working in a visual-effects renaissance as we are, just logically we have the ability to do so much more now. We can do the Jump Suits, for example, which I don’t think they could have done before,”
Firstly, how can Jaffe say that they plan to re-introduce the story to a generation that doesn’t know the original? Fans are rediscovering Starship Troopers every day, it is one of those films that has and always will be recommended to those who have not seen it. In fact, it is the sort of film that if you admit to having not seen it, you will be met with a wide-eyed gasp of panic from the person you have told. They will then proceed to grab their copy, shove it in your face and order you not to speak to them again until you have watched it. “new generation of fans” pah!!
You can read the full article at Empire
By Matt Wavish