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Starship Troopers Remake To Be More Faithful to the Novel

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A reboot that sounds better than the original? Check it out!

So in a time of reboots, original movies are quickly becoming overrun but are they necessarily all bad? Not always, some of them are actually quite good (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo immediately springs to mind, as does The Amazing Spider-Man), but how many genuinely sound like a great idea from the outset? The original Swedish version of the movie starring Noomi Rapace was only made in 2009, the Daniel Craig lead ‘reboot’ coming in 2011. When the reboot idea came to fruition did anyone seriosuly think anything other than ‘meh’. Maybe I’m being too harsh. But that was the general consensus when the news broke about The Amazing Spider-Man and certainly over the impending Total Recall reboot.

But what about a Starship Troopers remake? I’ll go one further: what about a Starship Trooper reboot that the producer of the movie himself wants to be more like the Robert Heilein novel? Can anyone seriously go ‘meh’ at that idea? I certainly can’t.

Speaking to Empire Magazine, Toby Jaffe – who signed on to produce the movie back in December (and also is the producer of the Total Recall reboot – try not to hate him yet…) – made his intentions of the reboot crystal clear:

Verhoeven took [Robert Heinlein's 1959 novel] from one extreme and made it almost comical, whereas our job is to be a little more faithful to the book, and ground it a little more… Verhoeven made his movie a critique of fascism whereas Heinlein was writing from the perspective of someone who had served in World War II. Y’know, one man’s fascism is another man’s patriotism…

And it gets better. They’re talking about also including some of that baddass tech from the novel too:

Working in a visual effects renaissance as we are, we have the ability to do so much more now. We can do the Jump Suits [armoured exoskeletons from Heinlein's novel], for example, which I don’t think they could have done before.

Fucking awesome! I seriously can’t wait! What do you guys think? Even though this is techinically a reboot, are you as hyped about the potential of this movie as I am? Will Hollywood try and fuck it up? Just how faithful to the book do you seriously think it will be? Please let me know what you think in the comments section below – I’d love to hear your opinion!

Not read the book? Don’t own a copy? Seriously, you need this book in your lives:

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2 Responses to Starship Troopers Remake To Be More Faithful to the Novel

  1. crash coredump says:

    Anyone mentioning “fascism” in relation to Starship Troopers has never opened the book and has no business writing or talking about it, and not to mention making a movie based on it.

  2. KC says:

    I love Heinlein. I love Starship Troopers. I hated the movie when it first came out because though it referenced plot points from the book it did not in any way try to convey the author’s vision. I came to love the movie after abandoning the pre-vision I had as a Heinlein movie and enjoying it’s camp and slightly super hero style of story telling. Would you like to know more?
    I have great hopes that the re-boot could be the kind of movie RAH would have loved and with CGI the quality of movie we need for the complex vision. ( I agree you can’t make this movie without the unnamed character of the powered armor.

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