The ‘Starship Troopers’ remake misses the point
Well, this is going to suck. Paul Verhoeven’s Starship Troopers is one of my favorite sci-fi flicks – it’s gross and weird and hyper-violent and hateful and has Doogie Howser mind-raping a space bug. It sure as Hell doesn’t need a remake, but it’s getting one anyways. Producer Toby Jaffe is also behind the upcoming Total Recall remake, so basically he’s interested in pissing on every movie Verhoeven ever made.
Empire has an interview with the dude and it’s pretty obvious that he’s totally missing the point of the whole movie. Jaffe intends to make the new flick hew closer to Robert Heinlein’s original novel, which is a dull-as-dirt Earth vs. Aliens movie without any of the bite and subtext Verhoeven brought to the material. So it’s basically Battleship, and we all know how well that went.
Jaffe says that not only will the film be less violent, but it also won’t question the ethics or motives of the human side at all. “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…”
Uh yeah that’s dumb. Won’t be seeing this.
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