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Starship Troopers reboot in the works

Story by Jack Foley

A REBOOT of Paul Verhoeven’s alien bug war movie Starship Troopers is in development.

Mark Swift and Damian Shannon, the writing duo behind the upcoming Baywatch movie, have been set the task of updating the film by Columbia Pictures.

Based on the sci-fi war novel by Robert A. Heinlein, Starship Troopers followed a soldier named Johnny Rico, who moves up the ranks as mankind fights a war against alien bugs.

Much like the book, Verhoeven’s highly regarded movie took a satirical look at fascism and militarism and echoed propaganda films like Leni Riefenstahl’s Triumph of the Will.

Casper Van Dien led the cast, which also included Denise Richards and Neil Patrick Harris.

Although critically acclaimed, the original didn’t take the box office by storm but did eventually find a cult following on DVD, where it spawned a mini-franchise comprised of three direct-to-DVD movies.

The reboot will not be a straight remake but the producers intend to go back to the original Heinlein novel for an all-new take. No one from the original film is expected to be involved.

As yet, there is no word on casting or a director. And no release date has been set.

Neal H. Moritz, the producer behind the Fast & Furious franchise, is among the reboot’s producers.

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