Producer Reveals Non-Violent Starship Troopers Remake
Reboot of the cult war film will be toned down, presumably for a younger audience.
The news that had us choking on our morning coffee today concerns one of the upcoming remake of the ‘90s cult classic, Starship Troopers.
Paul Verhoeven’s 1997 original was a gleefully violent, splatter-filled war movie, which used its gruesome violence as part of its satire. Of course, it was an 18 rated movie, something which is unthinkable in a reboot.
Producer Tony Jaffe (also on board the Total Recall reboot) is quoted in Empire as saying, “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”.
Moving on the source material, Robert Heinlein’s 1959 novel, Jaffe described the original as, “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”.
Whilst there’s certainly no problem with approaching the source novel from a different angle, we just wish this kind of Hollywood double-speak could go away, and they could just admit that we are going to see a watered down for kids version of Starship Troopers. “Reintroduce it in a new way” does not scream artistic integrity to us, and we wonder - does the world really need a 12A version of this story? It looks like we’re getting one either way.