It was announced a few years ago that Sony Pictures would be making a remake of Starship Troopers. Well, now it looks like there’s also a TV series is in production and it could bring back the original cast from the 1997 movie.
This new information comes from screenwriter Ed Neumeier. In a recent interview with HN Entertainment, he was asked about the chance of a sequel, and that’s when he said:
”Well, I think they can. I don’t want to jinx anything, but we are talking about trying to do a television show that is based on that idea.”
The series will be set 30 years after the events of the movie and it’s clearly something that I’d be engaged in watching! What fan of the original film wouldn’t!? Neumeier went on to share that he has “mixed feelings” regarding the remake:
”Well, I have mixed feelings about it [the reboot] because I think that what we did with the first Starship is almost not repeatable in a way… I based the structure of Starship Troopers when I was writing it, the structure of WWII propaganda films that the studios made between 1941 and 1944. We don’t really talk about those movies anymore, but that had a very particular structure and they were made during a conflict and they didn’t have an end-point as with Starship ends they’ll keep fighting.”
The reboot will be a new reimagining of the source material written by Robert A. Heinlein. His book tells the story of a soldier named Johnny Rico as he moves up through the ranks, and it centers on humanity’s fight for survival against a race of giant man-eating alien bugs.
Neumeier goes on to talk about what he’s heard about the reboot, explaining:
”I’m not sure, their idea is as I understood at a certain point was they said to kind of do An Officer and The Gentleman, Johnny Rico as the Officer and The Gentlemen version of a sci-fi movie. So, maybe you could do that a romantic picture about kids coming up together in the service and one of them becoming an officer and all of that means, you know. It’s really not what Heinlein’s about, but that’s okay I can imagine you could do that. I’m not sure who goes to see that movie though.”