Another reboot of a ’90s classic is in the works and this time it’s Paul Verhoeven’s sci-fi film “Starship Troopers.” Per the Hollywood Reporter, Columbia Pictures is rebooting the cult classic and has assigned Mark Swift and Damian Shannon, the writing duo who penned the upcoming “Baywatch” film and the 2009 remake of “Friday the 13th,” to write the script for the new possible franchise.
The studio is not planning on remaking the original film. Instead, it will be going back to the original themes expressed in Robert A. Heinlein’s novel about the military life of a soldier who moves up the ranks as mankind fights a war against alien bugs. No staff from the 1997 movie will be involved in the new reboot.
Neal H. Moritz, the “Fast & Furious” franchise producer, will be producing with Toby Jaffe, whom he worked with on Columbia Picture’s “Total Recall” remake.” Matthew Milam will oversee for the studio.
“Starship Troopers” starred Casper Van Dien, Denise Richards, Dina Meyer and Neil Patrick Harris. The 1997 film was a moderate success, gaining a cult following over the years. The movie differed from the novel by using satire to take on fascism, militarism and military rule. It was also nominated for the Best Visual Effects Oscar in 1998.
Check out the original “Starship Troopers” trailer below.