Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
Cannes Review: Gaspar Noé's Hardcore And Softhearted 'Love' Cannes Review: Gaspar Noé's Hardcore And Softhearted 'Love' Here's The Character Backstory For Doof aka Guitar Flamethrower Dude In 'Mad Max: Fury Road' Here's The Character Backstory For Doof aka Guitar Flamethrower Dude In 'Mad Max: Fury Road' Cannes Review: Hou Hsiao-Hsien's 'The Assassin' Is An Epic Visual Poem Cannes Review: Hou Hsiao-Hsien's 'The Assassin' Is An Epic Visual Poem The 10 Most Controversial Cannes Films Ever The 10 Most Controversial Cannes Films Ever Roger Deakins To Shoot Denis Villeneuve's 'Blade Runner' Sequel Roger Deakins To Shoot Denis Villeneuve's 'Blade Runner' Sequel More NSFW Posters For Gaspar Noe's 3D 'Love' Plus The Official Director's Statement More NSFW Posters For Gaspar Noe's 3D 'Love' Plus The Official Director's Statement Cannes: Watch A Three Way Makeout In The First Clip From Gaspar Noe’s 3D ‘Love’ Plus New NSFW Image Cannes: Watch A Three Way Makeout In The First Clip From Gaspar Noe’s 3D ‘Love’ Plus New NSFW Image Simon Pegg Worries That Adults Obsessed With Comics & Sci-Fi Have Become "Infantilized By Our Own Taste" Simon Pegg Worries That Adults Obsessed With Comics & Sci-Fi Have Become "Infantilized By Our Own Taste" Cannes Review: Denis Villeneuve's 'Sicario' Starring Emily Blunt, Josh Brolin And Benicio Del Toro Cannes Review: Denis Villeneuve's 'Sicario' Starring Emily Blunt, Josh Brolin And Benicio Del Toro George Miller Says He Courted Heath Ledger To Lead 'Mad Max' In 2006, Reveals Title For 'Fury Road' Sequel George Miller Says He Courted Heath Ledger To Lead 'Mad Max' In 2006, Reveals Title For 'Fury Road' Sequel Watch: Michael Fassbender Takes The Stage In First Trailer For 'Steve Jobs' Watch: Michael Fassbender Takes The Stage In First Trailer For 'Steve Jobs' Cannes Review: Todd Haynes' 'Carol' Starring Cate Blanchett & Rooney Mara Cannes Review: Todd Haynes' 'Carol' Starring Cate Blanchett & Rooney Mara Nicolas Winding Refn Goes 60 fps For 'The Neon Demon' Nicolas Winding Refn Goes 60 fps For 'The Neon Demon' George Miller Says 'Interstellar' Came Close To What His Version Of 'Contact' Would've Been Like George Miller Says 'Interstellar' Came Close To What His Version Of 'Contact' Would've Been Like New NSFW, Extremely Graphic, Adults-Only Poster For Gaspar Noe's 'Love' New NSFW, Extremely Graphic, Adults-Only Poster For Gaspar Noe's 'Love' The 25 Best Films Of 2015 We've Already Seen The 25 Best Films Of 2015 We've Already Seen Check Out Teaser Posters For Gaspar Noe's 'Love' & Nicolas Winding Refn's 'The Neon Demon' Check Out Teaser Posters For Gaspar Noe's 'Love' & Nicolas Winding Refn's 'The Neon Demon' The 25 Best Horror Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 25 Best Horror Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season All The Songs In 'Pitch Perfect' Including La Roux, David Guetta, Azealia Banks, Nicki Minaj & More All The Songs In 'Pitch Perfect' Including La Roux, David Guetta, Azealia Banks, Nicki Minaj & More

Writer Zack Stentz Calls 'Starship Troopers' Remake "An Officer And A Gentleman In Power Armor"

Photo of Kevin Jagernauth By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist January 2, 2014 at 11:19AM

While it has been a while since it was first announced, the remake of "Starship Troopers" is still brewing despite Paul Verhoeven's 1997 take being a still-beloved cult classic. So what will the approach be? Back in 2012, producer Toby Jaffe said his version will be more faithful to Robert A. Heinlein's source material, and oddly, more patriotic in tone rather than satirical. And that's the line being echoed by one half of the film's writing team, "Thor" and "X-Men: First Class" writer Zack Stentz (who is working on the script with collaborator Edward Miller).
9
Starship Troopers

While it has been a while since it was first announced, the remake of "Starship Troopers" is still brewing despite Paul Verhoeven's 1997 take being a still-beloved cult classic. So what will the approach be? Back in 2012, producer Toby Jaffe said his version will be more faithful to Robert A. Heinlein's source material, and oddly, more patriotic in tone rather than satirical. And that's the line being echoed by one half of the film's writing team, "Thor" and "X-Men: First Class" writer Zack Stentz (who is working on the script with collaborator Edward Miller).

Over the holidays, film blogger Scott Weinberg asked Stentz directly over Twitter what we could expect from the redo, and this was the reply (via Giant Freakin Robot): "Less a satire & more an actual adaptation of the Heinlein novel. 'An Officer & A Gentleman' in power armor." 

In case you don't remember, the movie Stentz is referring to is Taylor Hackford's 1982 semi-classic starring Richard Gere and Debra Winger which was nominated for a bunch of Oscars (winning a couple), though the military romance is probably still best known for making a hit out of the Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes song "Up Where We Belong." At any rate, we're really curious to see what studio executive would buy that pitch in a meeting.

And as we wait to see how this movie develops, we'll just share what Verhoeven told us in 2012 about his thoughts on the redo. “I don’t know if they’re going to do 'Starship Troopers' after the failure of 'Total Recall,' " he said. "Yes, they bought the rights, we know that, but I really thought they made a mistake when they did the remake by making it so serious. I’m not so sure [that approach] will work for ['Starship Troopers’] either. I think all of these films are accepted because they don’t take themselves so seriously. There’s a lightness, you believe it, but we also know it’s not true." 

This article is related to: Starship Troopers


The Playlist

The obsessives' guide to contemporary cinema via film discussion, news, reviews, features, nostalgia, movie music, soundtracks, DVDs and more.


E-Mail Updates