Columbia cruises into interstellar war with reboot of Robert Heinlein's Starship Troopers

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Nov 8, 2016, 6:17 PM EST

Infusing some impressive special effects for the time, gung-ho fascism and a blunt, satirical commentary on the newly hatched internet culture in its narrative, Paul Verhoeven's (Total Recall, RoboCopStarship Troopers is somewhat of a guilty pleasure for me, emerging from an era of increasing cinematic excess and injected with an interesting hybrid of tonal elements. With an eye toward sparking a new franchise, Columbia Pictures is banking on fleshing out more of the sci-fi pulp contained in the master's original Hugo Award-winning 1959 novel when it tackles the next silver screen adaptation of the material. Starship Troopers did spawn three direct-to-video sequels of dubious quality you may watch at your own peril.

No A-list director has been attached yet, but the screenplay duties are being delved out to Mark Swift and Damian Shannon, the writing pair who delivered the scripts for the recent Friday the 13th remake and next year's R-rated Baywatch movie starring Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron. 2012's Total Recall producers Neal H. Moritz and Toby Jaffe are aboard as executive producers.

Verhoeven's approach to adapting the material in 1997 was perfect for its day, but a closer, more serious translation minus the bad jokes and goofy Jump Ball game might be more appropriate for the digital age.  

Are you prepared to sign up for another military invasion of Klendathu for an epic interstellar bug hunt, or should this project be exterminated before it's too late?  

(Via Collider)