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Screenwriter Zack Stentz says the Starship Troopers remake will be less violent and closer to the source material

Jan. 2, 2014by: Alex Maidy

STARSHIP TROOPERS is one of those movies that you either love or hate. Paul Verhoeven's 1997 satire is a plentiful array of blood, guts, and boobs all wrapped up in a military satire. There is not a serious moment in the movie that doesn't have comedic undertones. But, that element was lost on many who didn't appreciate the movie for what it was. So, after multiple direct to home video sequels and animated takes on the story, STARSHIP TROOPERS is being rebooted as a big screen movie.

Zack Stentz, screenwriter on X-MEN: FIRST CLASS and STAR TREK 3, will be penning the new STARSHIP TROOPERS. Producer Toby Jaffe had previously compared the new movie in tone to MINORITY REPORT and said it would be less violent and comical than the Casper Van Dien starrer. Does Stentz have the same comparison? He was recently asked on Twitter what he feels the remake will feel like, tonally:

Stentz and cowriter Edward Miller just turned the script in to the studio last week so it remains to be seen which version will make it to screens, but I am hoping that comparing it to AN OFFICER AND A GENTLEMAN means we would be in store for a more dramatic, character driven military film with science fiction undertones. I am not against a romantic element in a STARSHIP TROOPERS movie, but this really sounds like Stentz is trying for something closer to Robert Heinlein's original novel which was known more for philosophical discussions of war rather than exploding alien heads and impalements.

There is room for more than one big budget STARSHIP TROOPERS in this world and I am intrigued to see if this one will work. My only question is whether Casper Van Dien is coming back.

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2:32PM on 01/09/2014
I can picture it my head, seeing the first 10 minutes of the movie and start crying
I can picture it my head, seeing the first 10 minutes of the movie and start crying
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9:15AM on 01/05/2014
If you want to stick to the source material then read the effin' book. I'm sick and tired of fanboys who read a book then expect a movie to be the exact same thing as in the book. Christ even Lone Survivor deviated from the book. Again, if you want it to be true to the source material, then go read the effin' source material!!!!
If you want to stick to the source material then read the effin' book. I'm sick and tired of fanboys who read a book then expect a movie to be the exact same thing as in the book. Christ even Lone Survivor deviated from the book. Again, if you want it to be true to the source material, then go read the effin' source material!!!!
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2:36PM on 01/04/2014

So in other words

PG_13 and shitty. Awesome I'll make sure not to watch this. Thats what makes starship troopers cool is the comedy aspect of it and the insane amount of blood, but that was good for that starship troopers. But if it is done right and not shitty remake like total recall and other remakes out their this could be very well. So i guess we'll just have to see then. I still want a remake of night of the comet though
PG_13 and shitty. Awesome I'll make sure not to watch this. Thats what makes starship troopers cool is the comedy aspect of it and the insane amount of blood, but that was good for that starship troopers. But if it is done right and not shitty remake like total recall and other remakes out their this could be very well. So i guess we'll just have to see then. I still want a remake of night of the comet though
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2:58PM on 01/03/2014

Since when is sticking to the source material of an acclaimed novel a bad thing?

I definitely understand that the film has it's fans, but it was pretty much an original story that they slapped the book's title onto. It was pretty much the equivalent of what the Green Hornet movie was to it''s source material, just a lot better made. Starship Troopers is one of the most acclaimed science fiction novels ever written and a faithful adaptation has the potential to be a phenomenal movie. That being said, I wish someone other than Stentz & Miller were writing this. Their work on
I definitely understand that the film has it's fans, but it was pretty much an original story that they slapped the book's title onto. It was pretty much the equivalent of what the Green Hornet movie was to it''s source material, just a lot better made. Starship Troopers is one of the most acclaimed science fiction novels ever written and a faithful adaptation has the potential to be a phenomenal movie. That being said, I wish someone other than Stentz & Miller were writing this. Their work on The Sarah Connor Chronicles gives me hope, their film work less so.
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10:36AM on 01/03/2014
"An Officer & a Gentleman in power armor" is not a movie I ever want to see.
"An Officer & a Gentleman in power armor" is not a movie I ever want to see.
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8:35AM on 01/03/2014
You know what, why not adapt that old cartoon EXOSQUAD instead. Despite the somewhat uninspiring mecha designs and its less than stellar animation quality, the story and writing was quite ahead of its time and the original Starship Troopers film was reminiscent of this cartoon, albeit with a less serious and more cynical tone.
You know what, why not adapt that old cartoon EXOSQUAD instead. Despite the somewhat uninspiring mecha designs and its less than stellar animation quality, the story and writing was quite ahead of its time and the original Starship Troopers film was reminiscent of this cartoon, albeit with a less serious and more cynical tone.
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7:44AM on 01/03/2014
Less violent? Closer to the book? Yes, that's what the makers about the Total Recall remake said. And how great that turned out!
Way to go, unimaginative filmmakers!
Less violent? Closer to the book? Yes, that's what the makers about the Total Recall remake said. And how great that turned out!
Way to go, unimaginative filmmakers!
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3:06PM on 01/03/2014
The Total Recall remake was crap, no two days about it, but it was adapted from a 5,000 word short story that they had to stretch out into a two hour movie. Even if they really tried (which they didn't) it would have been hard for them to stick to the source material. Starship Troopers, on the otherhand, is one of the most acclaimed Sci Fi novels ever written. It's not quite comparing apples to oranges, but they are two pretty different scenarios.
The Total Recall remake was crap, no two days about it, but it was adapted from a 5,000 word short story that they had to stretch out into a two hour movie. Even if they really tried (which they didn't) it would have been hard for them to stick to the source material. Starship Troopers, on the otherhand, is one of the most acclaimed Sci Fi novels ever written. It's not quite comparing apples to oranges, but they are two pretty different scenarios.
6:09AM on 01/03/2014
Yay, I've always wanted a *less* violent 'Starship Troopers' movie. Fuckin' dicks.
Yay, I've always wanted a *less* violent 'Starship Troopers' movie. Fuckin' dicks.
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2:23AM on 01/03/2014
I totally recall having heard that before: "much closer to the source material,...less cheesy, ..more serious, blah blah" and then they came up with a bloated, gutless PG version of the same movie the producers and writers tried to distance from.
I totally recall having heard that before: "much closer to the source material,...less cheesy, ..more serious, blah blah" and then they came up with a bloated, gutless PG version of the same movie the producers and writers tried to distance from.
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10:58PM on 01/02/2014

Here we go again!

First ruin my childhood favorites now move to my college days..go fuck yourself hollywood.
First ruin my childhood favorites now move to my college days..go fuck yourself hollywood.
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11:50PM on 01/02/2014
Funny! I too was attending a college when the first movie came out ;/ hmmmmm!
Funny! I too was attending a college when the first movie came out ;/ hmmmmm!
10:42PM on 01/02/2014
They might as well release a "FUCK PAUL VERHOEVEN" TRILOGY BOXSET containing the PG-13 remakes of Total Recall, Robocop, and Starship Troopers.
They might as well release a "FUCK PAUL VERHOEVEN" TRILOGY BOXSET containing the PG-13 remakes of Total Recall, Robocop, and Starship Troopers.
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11:50PM on 01/02/2014
DAMN good point sir!
DAMN good point sir!
9:01PM on 01/02/2014
My mom took me to see the first when i was in the 5th grade. She walked out scratching her head perplexed that she thought it was pg13. It was the best movie that could have ever been shown to a 10 year old. Ill always still have that regardless.
-Robocop was also released on the day I was born. My love for Paul Verhoeven is undying.
My mom took me to see the first when i was in the 5th grade. She walked out scratching her head perplexed that she thought it was pg13. It was the best movie that could have ever been shown to a 10 year old. Ill always still have that regardless.
-Robocop was also released on the day I was born. My love for Paul Verhoeven is undying.
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7:56PM on 01/02/2014
I'm from Brantford, Ontario and I say KILL EM' ALL!
I'm from Brantford, Ontario and I say KILL EM' ALL!
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7:34PM on 01/02/2014
Yes I need an actual adaptation of this book because Robert A. Heinlein deserved a better movie.
Yes I need an actual adaptation of this book because Robert A. Heinlein deserved a better movie.
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3:17PM on 01/03/2014
And how many of the people who down voted this have even read the book? Don't worry ZDR, I'm with ya on this one.
And how many of the people who down voted this have even read the book? Don't worry ZDR, I'm with ya on this one.
7:31PM on 01/02/2014

To the execs and stenz

Fuck you.
Fuck you.
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7:27PM on 01/02/2014
Didn't actually like the 1997 film. Yes, I know it's supposed to be satire and all, but I think it was played way too broad. But the remake probably will end up not terrible, but too homogenized and gutless, the way all sci-fi action remakes tend to end up. Total Recall was that way, RoboCop looks to be that way. Hollywood seems to want to make everyone forget that Rob Verhoeven made interesting movies (even if they were a little nuts).
Didn't actually like the 1997 film. Yes, I know it's supposed to be satire and all, but I think it was played way too broad. But the remake probably will end up not terrible, but too homogenized and gutless, the way all sci-fi action remakes tend to end up. Total Recall was that way, RoboCop looks to be that way. Hollywood seems to want to make everyone forget that Rob Verhoeven made interesting movies (even if they were a little nuts).
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6:54PM on 01/02/2014

MADE FOR PROFIT

Zack Stentz is paid a premium to write and produce lite, gutless, generic-ass PG-13 'action' fare - totally at odds with anything Paul Verhoeven has ever produced. This sounds so necessary and exciting.
Zack Stentz is paid a premium to write and produce lite, gutless, generic-ass PG-13 'action' fare - totally at odds with anything Paul Verhoeven has ever produced. This sounds so necessary and exciting.
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6:46PM on 01/02/2014
It appears that Screenwriter Zack Stentz has no idea what made Starship Troopers awesome.
It appears that Screenwriter Zack Stentz has no idea what made Starship Troopers awesome.
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6:03PM on 01/02/2014
I wonder if they are going to cast an Asian (i.e. Filipino) actor for the lead since Rico is Filipino in the novel.
I wonder if they are going to cast an Asian (i.e. Filipino) actor for the lead since Rico is Filipino in the novel.
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5:52PM on 01/02/2014
Oh no, Hollywood can't possibly have anything in movies today that satires our political system. We need more propaganda. We need more stories of 'Dudly do right' soldiers saving the day in the name of honor and glory and family and god...and not joining the large percentage of soldiers that kill themselves. I wish movie sites would stop supporting American Propaganda. Even if it's a big budget sci fi sfx extravaganza, These sort of ideas have more in common with something like 'Nation's Pride'
Oh no, Hollywood can't possibly have anything in movies today that satires our political system. We need more propaganda. We need more stories of 'Dudly do right' soldiers saving the day in the name of honor and glory and family and god...and not joining the large percentage of soldiers that kill themselves. I wish movie sites would stop supporting American Propaganda. Even if it's a big budget sci fi sfx extravaganza, These sort of ideas have more in common with something like 'Nation's Pride' from Inglorious Basterds than you may realize or even admit to.
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10:43PM on 01/02/2014
And someone needs to rant without actually knowing what the fuck they're ranting about. You need to adjust your tinfoil hat a little more; I think the alien broadcasts are starting to seep through.
And someone needs to rant without actually knowing what the fuck they're ranting about. You need to adjust your tinfoil hat a little more; I think the alien broadcasts are starting to seep through.
10:54PM on 01/02/2014
Whatever Kung Fu Panda, I imagine 5 years ago you were saying the same thing to anyone who said 'the government records all your phone calls.' ...what loons, right?
Whatever Kung Fu Panda, I imagine 5 years ago you were saying the same thing to anyone who said 'the government records all your phone calls.' ...what loons, right?
11:55PM on 01/02/2014
Are....are you......are you a communist?! Ah man, whats the weather like this time of year? No seriously though, I have no idea what your talking about. You just had the most replies and I wanted to get in on the action. SPOOOOOON!
Are....are you......are you a communist?! Ah man, whats the weather like this time of year? No seriously though, I have no idea what your talking about. You just had the most replies and I wanted to get in on the action. SPOOOOOON!
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5:37PM on 01/02/2014
Yes I need an actual adaptation of this book because Robert A. Heinlein deserved a better movie.
Yes I need an actual adaptation of this book because Robert A. Heinlein deserved a better movie.
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5:34PM on 01/02/2014
The OG was classic Verehoven at his best. A fun flick that never tried to take itself seriously. The tone is what made it a good film. To give it a darker tone would dull it down to me. I'm still game for a remake though.(for probably the first time ever...) although the whole "darker tone" is wearing itself a touch thin in my opinion...
The OG was classic Verehoven at his best. A fun flick that never tried to take itself seriously. The tone is what made it a good film. To give it a darker tone would dull it down to me. I'm still game for a remake though.(for probably the first time ever...) although the whole "darker tone" is wearing itself a touch thin in my opinion...
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5:17PM on 01/02/2014

Waste..

The original just came out 16 years ago.....instead of wasting time and energy and money on an unnecessary and too soon remake why can't we just make an original sci-fi movie?
The original just came out 16 years ago.....instead of wasting time and energy and money on an unnecessary and too soon remake why can't we just make an original sci-fi movie?
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5:07PM on 01/02/2014
Had no idea there was source material. I guess it did come out before my obsessive internet days. Curious to see how it turns out.
Had no idea there was source material. I guess it did come out before my obsessive internet days. Curious to see how it turns out.
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5:04PM on 01/02/2014

Closer to the book?

So this movie is going to be thinly veiled fascist propaganda?

One of the few genius moves of Verhoven's film was how it cleverly and satirically undercut the novel's more troubling political views.
So this movie is going to be thinly veiled fascist propaganda?

One of the few genius moves of Verhoven's film was how it cleverly and satirically undercut the novel's more troubling political views.
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5:03PM on 01/02/2014
Why?
The original is great and is violent for a reason. The satire wouldn't work so if not.
Why?
The original is great and is violent for a reason. The satire wouldn't work so if not.
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4:55PM on 01/02/2014

I miss sci-fi Verhoeven!

Big fan of the book and the first film! Completely different takes on the ideas of war with Heinlein taking a serious approach to analyzing ideas of combat and Verhoeven making a very satirical rendition on how liberals view conservatives in wartime. The Edge of Tomorrow trailer is probably aesthetically closer to the original ST novel than the first film so I think there is room for a new take on the material. That being said I think the first film is anything but cheesy but a brilliant sci fi
Big fan of the book and the first film! Completely different takes on the ideas of war with Heinlein taking a serious approach to analyzing ideas of combat and Verhoeven making a very satirical rendition on how liberals view conservatives in wartime. The Edge of Tomorrow trailer is probably aesthetically closer to the original ST novel than the first film so I think there is room for a new take on the material. That being said I think the first film is anything but cheesy but a brilliant sci fi satire wrapped up in a 40's style wartime propaganda film (ie young beautiful actors, corny love triangle, excessive whiteness in latino characters for the first hour before taking a dark, violent, genocidal turn in the second).
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4:50PM on 01/02/2014

Ugh

This is going to stink. Why bother remaking a film that has aged so well and looks better than most movies produced nowadays.
This is going to stink. Why bother remaking a film that has aged so well and looks better than most movies produced nowadays.
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