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Paul Verhoeven on Total Recall, Robocop and Starship Troopers remakes

11.13.2012by: Eric Walkuski
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When it comes to the TOTAL RECALL remake, what was obvious to most of us even before it came out was made apparent to the producers when the film flopped at the box office: a remake isn't needed when the original film is a) not even that old, b) so unique and peculiar and c) still quite beloved.

It's too late to put the brakes on that other remake of a Paul Verhoeven classic, ROBOCOP, but the same cannot be said of the proposed STARSHIP TROOPERS reboot that the producers of TOTAL RECALL have in their hands. One person who seems to believe that there's no reason to go any further with it is Verhoeven himself, who spoke briefly to The Playlist about all these darned remakes.

Said Verhoeven: ďI donít know if theyíre going to do 'Starship Troopers' after the failure of 'Total Recall." 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. Iím not so sure [that approach] will work for [Starship Troopersí] either. I think all of these films are accepted because they donít take themselves so seriously. Thereís a lightness, you believe it, but we also know itís not true."

As for ROBOCOP, Verhoeven isn't wavering on his position: "It's the same thing. It's very difficult to make this story realistically."

The wild Dutch director had an amusing observation regarding TOTAL RECALL: "Critics were a lot more complimentary to me and Arnold about the original after the remake came out than they had been before it."

Isn't that always the case? You don't know how good you've got it until it's gone...

Extra Tidbit: Do you agree with Mr. Verhoeven? Is it a mistake to make "serious" versions of these films?
Source: The Playlist

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8:53PM on 11/14/2012

I dunno...

Total Recall didn't fail because of its serious tone. It failed because of a number of other factors. I still enjoyed it and look forward to watching it again on Blu-Ray, but there's no doubt that it wasn't the movie it could have been. Again though, I don't think the serious tone is to blame. I think a Robocop and Starship Troopers remake could be done well in a more "realistic" universe. You just need the right people in front of AND behind the lens.
Total Recall didn't fail because of its serious tone. It failed because of a number of other factors. I still enjoyed it and look forward to watching it again on Blu-Ray, but there's no doubt that it wasn't the movie it could have been. Again though, I don't think the serious tone is to blame. I think a Robocop and Starship Troopers remake could be done well in a more "realistic" universe. You just need the right people in front of AND behind the lens.
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9:03PM on 11/14/2012

He's the man

You tell 'em Verhoeven!

Can't just duplicate unique artistry like that Hollywood, not the way it works. ;-P
You tell 'em Verhoeven!

Can't just duplicate unique artistry like that Hollywood, not the way it works. ;-P
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