Tuesday, 8 November 2016

New Starship Troopers movie to be penned by Baywatch writing duo

Cult Paul Verhoeven 90s film Starship Troopers - based on the Robert A Heinlein scifi classic novel  - is about to be remade by Columbia Pictures.

The writing team behind it are Mark Swift and Damian Shannon, the duo who wrote the soon to be released Zac Efron/Dwayne Johnson Baywatch movie, according to the The Hollywood Reporter.

Neal H. Moritz, the producer behind the Fast & Furious franchise, is producing with Toby Jaffe, with whom he worked on the studio's remake of another 1990s sci-fi pic, Total Recall.

Starship Troopers is about the military life of soldier Johnny Rico in an intergalactic battle against alien bugs. He progresses through the ranks as his the humans continue to get killed in the brutal battles.

His commanding officer was famous for his line: "Come on you apes, do you want to live forever!?"

The thrust of the book is about military service and citizenship, themes which Verhoeven ramped up to an almost satirical degree. It starred Casper Van Dien, Denise Richards and Neil Patrick Harris.

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