After 2 years of hearing nothing we finally have some fresh news regarding the Starship Troopers reboot. Now considered a cult-classic, Starship Troopers was based on a novel written by Robert A. Heinlein, published in 1959. Verhoeven’s 1997 film is a pretty loose adaptation that cost over $100 million to produce, and initially divided critics over both its quality and what sort of narrative it was aiming to be. We loved it as it fit in perfectly with a militaristic sci-fi satire with lots of action, also called a gore-filled popcorn fluff movie. It subsequently earned a cult following and inspired a couple of direct-to-DVD sequels, along with a TV series and video game spinoffs – not to mention, it featured a memorably hammy supporting turn by Neil Patrick Harris, prior to his career resurgence as an adult actor.
Back to the fresh news. Early word had it that the new take on the material would feature less violence and comedy and be “tonally closer to something like Minority Report.” Now, we’ve got another movie to compare it to. Movies contributor Scott Weinberg asked writer Zack Stentz about the remake on Twitter – and here’s what he had to say:
@scottEweinberg Less a satire & more an actual adaptation of the Heinlein novel. An Officer & a Gentleman in power armor.
— Zack Stentz (@MuseZack) December 22, 2013
Really? An officer and a gentleman? If you’re not familiar with the oldie starring Richard Gere, an Officer and a Gentleman is a 1982 American drama film that tells the story of a U.S. Navy aviation officer candidate who comes into conflict with the Marine Corps Gunnery Sergeant who trains him.
Here’s a look back at the classic recruiting ‘Doing my part’ video from the original: