Robert Heinlein's somewhat controversial 1959 book was made into Paul Verhoeven's rather divisive 1997 movie: Some saw it as an insightful satire on the media-readiness of modern war, while others saw it as a candy-colored betrayal. But now Sony has retained the writers of Thor and X-Men: First Class to fashion a new take on a classic tale.
Ashley Edward Miller and Zack Stentz will be fashioning the story, which, in Heinlein's original, followed young Johnnie Rico as he went from a raw recruit in the bug-fighting Mobile Infantry to a hardened battle veteran. Verhoeven veered wildly from the text, casting a roster of mostly forgettable pretty people—the great exception being Neil Patrick Harris—and turning to a childhood forged in the fascism of World War II for inspiration.
It's too soon to tell what path Miller and Stentz's adaptation will take, but there's is still a great war movie to be made from one of the best military sci-fi novels ever written.