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Sci-Fi Juggernaut ‘Starship Troopers’ Tapped for Reboot

‘Friday the 13th,’ ‘Baywatch’ screenwriters to pen script based on Robert A. Heinlein novel

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'Starship Troopers' is set for a reboot with Mark Swift and Damian Shannon attached to write a script based on Robert A. Heinlein's novel.

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The beloved sci-fi saga Starship Troopers is in line for a reboot from Columbia Pictures, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The studio tapped screenwriters Mark Swift and Damian Shannon to write the film with the hopes that it could become a new franchise. The pair previously wrote the 2003 horror mash-up Freddy vs. Jason, as well as the 2009 Friday the 13th remake. They’re currently at work on a Baywatch movie and were reportedly tapped to write Disney’s live-action Aladdin prequel, Genie

Starship Troopers first arrived in 1997 and starred Casper Van Dien, Denise Richards and Neil Patrick Harris. The film was based on Robert A. Heinlein’s novel of the same name, though director Paul Verhoeven tweaked its basic story about soldiers fighting a war against alien bugs into a satire about militarism, xenophobia, propaganda and fascism – so much so, Verhoeven said the opening sequence is shot-for-shot taken from Leni Riefenstahl’s Triumph of the Will (Verhoeven grew up in Nazi-occupied Netherlands).

The new film, however, will not be a remake of Verhoeven’s film, but rather return to Heinlein’s novel for a new take. The reboot does not include any personnel from the 1997 movie. Neither a director nor cast have been announced.


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