The two times director Paul Verhoeven and writer Ed Neumeier got together they created two of the greatest R-rated sci-fi films of the late 20th century – “Robocop” and “Starship Troopers”. In fact, Neumeier is pretty much only known for shepherding those two franchises.
We know a “Robocop” follow-up is in development at present with Neil Blomkamp, and there has been talk of a “Starship Troopers” film reboot. Speaking with HN Entertainment recently, Neumeier was asked about the possibility of a potential proper sequel/soft reboot (ala “Tron Legacy,” “Halloween,” etc.) allowing original cast members to be involved. He responded:
“Well, I think they can. I don’t want to jinx anything, but we are talking about trying to do a television show that is based on that idea. I’ve written all sorts of things with Casper [Van Dien] now as Johnny Rico and it’s a gas to write him because he gives you that character. He gives you more than you think, as soon as he shows up, the tone comes with him a little bit. I think it’s because he’s ridiculously handsome, he’s got this boyish can-do attitude, which is what Johnny Rico is, and a lot of the brand comes with him.”
Neumeier isn’t really involved in the upcoming and likely PG-13 film reboot though, that one is being done by the same scribes who massacred Verhoeven’s iconic “Total Recall” with the utterly forgettable 2012 remake. As a result, he doesn’t have a lot of faith in the new take:
“Well, I have mixed feelings about it [the reboot] because I think that what we did with the first Starship is almost not repeatable in a way… I based the structure of Starship Troopers [on] the structure of WWII propaganda films that the studios made 1941-1944. We don’t really talk about those movies anymore. I can imagine you could do a new one that was a more serious version of the book without the political commentary, but I don’t know if that interests me that much.”
The 1997 film came in at a costly $105 million budget and made $121 million worldwide, two live-action and two animated sequels subsequently went directly to video.