Columbia Pictures is rebooting STARSHIP TROOPERS, the 1997 science fiction film directed by Paul Verhoeven.
Mark Swift and Damian Shannon are hired to write the script for the feature film that could relaunch a potential franchise. These two are also the writing team behind the 2009’s remake of FRIDAY THE 13th. And of the upcoming BAYWATCH movie.
The film will be produced by Neal H. Moritz, who is behind the FAST & FURIOUS franchise, along with Toby Jaffe. This producer duo previously worked on the remake of TOTAL RECALL.
STARSHIP TROOPERS is based on the military science fiction 1959 novel by Robert A. Heinlein that has won the Hugo Award for Best Novel the following year. Heinlein writes about a soldier named Juan “Johnnie” Rico, who progresses through his military career as mankind fights an interstellar war against an arachnoid alien species known as “the Bugs”. Rico and the other characters discuss moral and philosophical aspects of life, society and, of course, war.
Director Verhoeven ran with only some of the novel’s themes and made a satirical film about fascism, militarism and propaganda.
Although a mixed success at the time, the movie obtained cult status through the years and became a mini-franchise for the studio that produced three direct-to-DVD movies.
Columbia Pictures has stated that it will not be making a remake but a new take on the original Heinlein novel and that no personnel from the 1997 film are involved.
In 2012, Slant Magazine ranked the film #20 on its list of the 100 Best Films of the 1990s. It starred Casper Van Dien, Denise Richards and Neil Patrick Harris.