Is it Really Starship Troopers if There’s no Unisex Showers and No One’s Getting Decapitated by Alien Bugs?
Unless you’ve been living in a cave or hiding underneath a big bug that’s shooting weird explosive things out of its ass and into space, then you already know that they’re remaking Paul Verhoeven’s 1997 splatterific sci-fi actioner “Starship Troopers”. In fact, of the three sci-fi films that Verhoeven has done in his Hollywood career so far (“Troopers”, “Robocop”, and “Total Recall”), all three are currently being remade.
Verhoeven’s “Starship Troopers” was a satirical take on a fascist society that valued citizenship to an elite class over individuality and free thought. Or something. Honestly, I’m sure it had a lot of fascist satire in it, but I never really bought that the film was that deep. In fact, its satire was so on-the-nose that it was kind of cringe-worthy, to be perfectly honest with you.
But the movie itself was what you would call pretty damn badass. Fifteen years later, the film is still a great watch, with its combination of state-of-the-art CG, bug aliens, and wanton carnage that happens regularly throughout the movie. Everyone in the film either did some slaughtering, or got slaughtered. It was grand stuff, and as “R” as you could possibly get. The only thing keeping it from being slapped with the dreaded NC-17, I would imagine, had to be its sci-fi trappings and alien bugs as bad guys.
Having said all that — what’s a “Starship Troopers” movie without the gratuitous violence, tit shots, and gore? We may be finding out when the “Starship Troopers” reboot hits the screen a few years from now. At least, that’s what I’m drawing from this comment by producer Toby Jaffe:
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.
We don’t know the official rating for the Len Wiseman reboot of “Total Recall” yet, but it looks pretty PG-13 to me. The original Verhoeven movie had its moments (3-titted Martial pros, anyone?), but of course had nothing on the gore and blood of “Starship Troopers” or “Robocop”. Which makes you wonder, is Jaffe referring to the upcoming “Robocop” reboot as well?
I’m starting to get a bad feeling about this, boys…
Via : Empire