In 1997, Robert A. Heinlein‘s arguably-fascist novel Starship Troopers was adapted into a brilliant satire by director Paul Verhoeven. The movie has amassed a die-hard cult over the years. It’s also amassed two direct-to-DVD sequels nobody saw. But now it looks like the Bugs will be headed back to the big screen as Vulture reports that Fast Five producer Neal Moritz and Thor screenwriters Ashley Edward Miller and Zack Stentz are working on a remake. All I’ll say is that they have their work cut out for them. Hopefully that work doesn’t turn out to be a brain-dead action movie where soldiers fight CGI but all the subtext has been removed.
Verhoeven’s RoboCop and Total Recall are also getting remakes. I have faith in RoboCop since director Jose Padilha A) directed the celebrated Elite Squad movies; and B) he seems to understand the original material. Total Recall seems like it will be polished down to the point where it will lose the mind-bending first half and the delightful lunacy of the second half. Hit the jump to check out the trailer for Verhoeven’s Starship Troopers.