‘Starship Troopers’ as a Toned Down Reboot? Would You Like To Know More?
What’s this? A toned down reboot of one of the craziest, funniest, most awesomest sci-fi movies to ever hit theaters? A not bug stomping, but bug high-fiving version of ‘Starship Troopers?’ Has Hollywood gone mad? Is nothing sacred? The answers to those questions are “Yes” and “No.”
Empire magazine spoke with producer Toby Jaffe who loves him some remakes. He’s one of the producers behind another Paul Verhoeven sci-fi classic ‘Total Recall‘ which is coming out this summer. Jaffe talked about how studios are toning down remakes of hardcore pics from the past because,
“The more expensive a film is, the harder it is now to make it that violent.”
Wait, what? Let’s continue…
“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.”
Ok, nobody wants a remake that is exactly the same as ‘The Thing’ it’s remaking. That’s understandable. But would fans want a toned down ‘Starship Troopers’ or a toned down ‘Robocop?’
We don’t want ‘Twilight‘ versions of our favorite films. If you’re going to remake them, then do them justice. Don’t pussyfoot around the ratings just because you have more tech and more money. Jaffe continues:
“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 [armoured exoskeletons from Heinlein's novel], for example, which I don’t think they could have done before.”
Great. So we’ll get a PG-13 version of Starship Troopers, with minimal blood and violence, but good news! We’ll have jump suits! Of course, the remake (if it ever happens) could be just as awesome as Verheoven’s version. But seeing as this is today’s Hollywood we’re talking about, it’s highly unlikely.