'Starship Troopers' remake won't be as violent, producer says
Not content to just remake Paul Verhoeven's RoboCop and Total Recall, Hollywood is blowing the doors off destroying satirical cinema by giving the go-ahead to remake Starship Troopers. How could they make that critique on ultra-socialism any worse than it intentionally is now? They could make it less violent and take out the nudity, for starters.
"The more expensive a film is, the harder it is now to make it that violent," producer Toby Jaffe told Empire magazine (he's working on the Total Recall remake, too). "With Recall in particular, we made a conscious choice to keep it tonally closer to something like Minority Report. It gives the studio, and us as producers, the opportunity to reintroduce it in a new way."
In fact, the masterminds want to make the whole movie much more like Robert A. Heinlein's 1959 novel, in general, which is fine if you want a serious movie about why the body politic demands public sacrifice in exchange for personal liberty. We don't think Casper Van Dien or Denise Richards really had that in mind.
"Verhoeven made his movie a critique of fascism, whereas Heinlein was writing from the perspective of someone who had served in World War II," Jaffe said. "Y'know, one man's fascism is another man's patriotism."
Well, that will be a joy for the oh-neat-'splosions crowd. At least Jaffe said they plan to use visual effects to show Heinlein's jump suits, which the cap troopers all used to fight the arachnids. We always wanted to see that.