If you’re fed up of remakes, this news might bug you.
Columbia Pictures has decided to have another crack at Starship Troopers. The new project isn’t technically a remake, but rather another stab at adapting the novel by Robert A. Heinlein on which the film was based. Mark Swift and Damian Shannon, who wrote the scripts for both the recent Friday the 13th remake and the upcoming Baywatch movie, will be writing this new take, while Total Recall 2012 producers Neal H. Moritz and Toby Jaffe will be… well, producing.
As noted, the goal with this remake, according to The Hollywood Reporter, is to put out something a little closer to the original book. The 1997 movie, fun though it was, isn’t the most faithful of adaptations. It looks like this time ’round Columbia want to bring us something that can spark a franchise. Certainly it should be smarter than the straight-to-DVD sequels. Did you know there were three whole Starship Troopers sequels? The last one came out in 2012. Blimey.
Remakes aren’t always the disasters people assume they’ll be. Remember, The Fly, Scarface and Battlestar Galactica are all remakes – so it’s a toss-up as to whether this’ll be any good or not. My default setting is cautious optimism. The original is fun, but it’s hardly high cinema. I’d love to see a more faithful take on the source material. Let’s see how this plays out.