The war on the bugs will never be over, apparently.
Despite the fact that sequels to the original 1997 film “Starship Troopers” is being made, producer Neal Moritz wants to reboot the film franchise, and is looking to “Fringe” for inspiration.
Moritz — known for “I Am Legend,” “Battle: Los Angeles” and “The Green Hornet” — has brought in Ashley Edward Miller and Zack Stentz to try and bring new life to the story originally written by author Robert A. Heinlein in 1959. The story, which takes a cold hard and futuristic look at fascism and other political intrigue, was originally made into a Paul Verhoeven film that starred Casper Van Dien, Denise Richards, Clancy Brown and (yes) Neil Patrick Harris.
It was considered a bomb at the box office, generating just $65 million despite costing more than $100 million to make for TriStar Pictures and Touchstone Pictures.
However, it did earn some direct-to-video sequels. Writer Edward Neumeier returned in 2004 to create a much cheaper sequel with an all-new and unknown cast for Columbia-TriStar. It was followed by a 2008 direct-to-video sequel that this time was written and directed by Neumeier, and included the return of Van Dien as well as the addition of “Star Trek: Enterprise” actress Jolene Blalock.
That wasn’t exactly a major coup to get Van Dien. His resume since “Starship Troopers” has not been very strong.
Part of the issues surrounding the 1997 film is that it seemed some of the themes were lost on audiences and critics. Also, the fact that Verhoeven strayed so far from the Heinlein novel upset many genre fans.
Because of that straying, this might open the door for Miller and Stentz to take a much different look at “Starship Troopers.” Both writers have a strong history in the genre, writing 20 episodes of “Gene Roddenberry’s Andromeda,” as well as 10 episodes of “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles” and “Fringe.”
The pair also wrote the screenplays for “Thor” and “X-Men: First Class,” both of which were solid box office successes. “Thor” earned $448.5 million worldwide (on a $150 million budget) while “First Class” nabbed $352.6 million on a $160 million budget. Both films also earned mostly positive ratings from critics.
No timetable was announced on when a film could go into production, or who would star.