Why new Starship Troopers is gonna be less violent than original

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Dec 17, 2012

Based on Robert Heinlein's novel of the same name, the 1997 film Starship Troopers is revered by fans as one of the most cheesily awesome, and wildly violent sci-fi films ever made. With a reboot now in the works, it seems the new version will apparently be missing some of that violent, bug-killing charm. But why?

The original Troopers was directed by Paul Verhoeven, who also masterminded sci-fi classics RoboCop and Total Recall. Toby Jaffe, the man bringing both Starship Troopers and Total Recall back to the big screen, said the world is a very different place now—and violent, camp-tinged sci-fi just doesn't fit the big-budget mold anymore.

He tells Empire:

"The more expensive a film is, the harder it is now to make it that violent. 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."
But, don't worry. Though the new Troopers may not boast as much bug-killing gore, Jaffe said it will stick a bit closer to the canon established in Heinlein's original novel. Translation: hello Jump Suits.
"Verhoeven took [Robert Heinlein's 1959 novel] from one extreme and made it almost comical, whereas our job is to be a little more faithful to the book, and ground it a little more ... Working in a visual-effects renaissance as we are, we have the ability to do so much more now. We can do the Jump Suits [armored exoskeletons from Heinlein's novel], for example, which I don't think they could have done before."
Are you looking forward to a more grounded take on the film, or do you prefer the ridiculously awesome original?

(Via Empire)

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