Paul Verhoeven’s 1997 cheese-fest Starship Troopers is pure, unadulterated guilty pleasure. It boasts some absolutely spectacular special effects, but they’re coupled with some horrendous acting by actors who have, NPH notwithstanding, rightfully vanished into b-movie and Lifetime purgatory. Casper Van Dien? Good God, we are better off, as a people, with him being gone from our multiplexes. But that aside, it’s a fun movie.
It’s also being explored as a potential remake vehicle, which in some ways makes a hell of a lot of sense. As much stupid fun as Verhoeven’s film was, there was a great deal about Robert A. Heinlein’s novel that was left out, and it could be rebooted into something far superior than the 1997 film. According to Vulture, producer Neil Moritz has enlisted Ashley Edward Miller and Zack Stentz (Thor, X-Men: First Class, “Fringe”) to whip up a script. There’s no word on whether or not they’re planning to be more faithful to the novella, but I’m hoping so for one big reason: armored suits. In the novels, the greatest weapon for the grunts against the plague of giant killer bugs isn’t testosterone, rifles, and wooden acting, but giant robotic suits that make them look like huge, metallic super-strong gorillas bristling with firepower. If used, it would create a far more interesting dynamic — and avoid the futuristic arena football uniforms that Van Dien and company sported.
So call this one a rarity — one of the few times I’m not necessarily opposed to a remake.