December 23, 2013

Starship Troopers reboot coming?

God, I hope so. io9 reports that some tweets over the weekend stated that a reboot script is in the hands of a studio right now. Zack Stentz characterized the script thusly:

Less a satire & more an actual adaptation of the Heinlein novel. An Officer & a Gentleman in power armor... I love the Verhoeven version too! But this was a chance to actually engage with the source material instead of just mock it."

To which all I can say is "HALLELUJAH!!!" Writers Stentz and Ashley Edward Miller have done work on Thor and X-Men: First Class, so I am optimistic. Hey, I dig the 1998 ST film, but it really is nothing at all like the novel. The book is, like the quote above says, more like An Officer and a Gentleman with powered armor. The personal "coming of age" story of Johnny Rico (who's Filipino, by the way, in the book) and political philiosophy is as important as the sci-fi action.

My father, who usually stays away from cheesy sci-fi actioners like Verhoeven's ST, actually watched it recently and was impressed by the F/X. But, natch, he asked me: "We have faster-than-light spaceships but use 20th century-style machine guns and body armor??" I hear 'ya, pop. But Verhoeven claimed he could use his budget for the amazing bug F/X or the powered armor of the novel, but not both. He chose the bugs. Still, I don't see how troops outfitted in budget-inexpensive-but-technologically sophisticated outfits and weapons couldn't have worked.

io9 links to an old page which discusses the differences between the book and the film.

Posted by Hube at December 23, 2013 01:49 PM | TrackBack

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As long as they keep the showers scene . . . . :)

I, of course, found Denise Richards as the pilot of a huge starship just totally believable!

Posted by: Dana at December 23, 2013 02:43 PM

Hehe ... Heinlein was old school. There was none of that in the book. Females were pilots, mostly, and there was a good degree of gender separation a la gym locker rooms, etc.

Posted by: Hube at December 23, 2013 05:46 PM

Dana: That was the best part of the whole movie. ;)

Hube: I hope for a better adaptation as well, something that's an actual adaptation of the book and not a satire of war like the movie was. I mean, the Earth troopers were at one point compared to Nazis if memory serves.

Posted by: Carl at December 25, 2013 05:44 PM

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