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Megan Ellison to Reboot "Starship Troopers"?

Posted: June 1st, 2014 by WorstPreviews.com Staff
Megan Ellison to Reboot "Starship Troopers"?Submit Comment
In recent years, there have been several attempts to reboot the "Starship Troopers" franchise. Two years ago, Neal H. Moritz (Fast and Furious, 21 Jump Street) signed on to produce, while Ashley Edward Miller and Zack Stentz (X-Men: First Class, Thor) were working on the script.

Now comes word that the reboot may once again be in development. The news is coming from Megan Ellison, the daughter of billionaire Larry Ellison and the producer of such films as "Zero Dark Thirty," "Her" and "American Hustle."

Megan update her Twitter account with a familiar phrase: "Would you like to know more?," which is mentioned several times in "Starship Troopers" as a way to get people to join the military. When Collider commented with a photo from the movie, Megan replied with a simple "Yes."

But why would Megan and her Annapurna Pictures company get involved with such a franchise? She has been funding nothing but smaller projects and recently decided not to fund the "Terminator" reboot, stating: "Annapurna's primary focus is to produce independent films."

Source: Megan Ellison, Collider


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boogiel writes:
on June 1st, 2014 at 7:16:55 AM

First they ruin Verhoeven's Total recall movie, then RoboCop, and now Starship Troopers. What a way to ruin his legacy of three classics I grew up with. f*ck those idiots at Hollywood.
boogiel writes:
on June 1st, 2014 at 7:23:02 AM

"Would you like to know more?"


BadChadB33 writes:
on June 1st, 2014 at 7:24:59 AM

Enough with the remakes for f*cks sake.
Biz Malarkey writes:
on June 1st, 2014 at 7:32:22 AM

Because the fugly bitch wants to star
DrugDealingMonkey writes:
on June 1st, 2014 at 8:33:11 AM

@boogiel
RoboCop at least tried to be different than the original, I think it was the least terrible remake of the 2010s so far. It has somw good scenes but could have been better, original obviously wins.
BillyBunter writes:
on June 1st, 2014 at 9:06:25 AM

Why reboot it just carry on from where the story left off.
hellsing writes:
on June 1st, 2014 at 11:30:06 AM

f*ck yes we all know the first movie was good and the sequels sucked this is one franchise that needs a reboot
Big Daddy Cool writes:
on June 1st, 2014 at 1:04:06 PM

please do a crossover with starship troopers and star wars, ms. ellison
darthraige writes:
on June 1st, 2014 at 1:31:56 PM

Let me guess? PG f*cking 13 for the pussies?
Cannon writes:
on June 1st, 2014 at 1:36:54 PM


If someone is genuinely inspired to faithfully adapt Heinlein's original novel in both detail and tone, play ball ...I guess.

It's the only way a reboot might work on its own.

But, if they just want to remake Verhoeven's version, well, good luck with that bullsh*t.

PORN-FLY writes:
on June 1st, 2014 at 2:05:39 PM

Billionare star-f*ckers

Dont worry about under funded school programs, the long term unemployed or flat chested women or anythin

We need more douche remakes starring beautiful wooden turds

Tanman32123 writes:
on June 1st, 2014 at 3:07:47 PM

Yay, another reboot that isn't needed!
BlackDynamite writes:
on June 1st, 2014 at 4:28:15 PM

I predict arthouse reboot of Starship Troopers. All the sci fi scenes are infact just delusions of the main character as he does something mundane, like moving out. A Walter Mitty esque tale
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on June 1st, 2014 at 4:45:51 PM

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PORN-FLY writes:
on June 1st, 2014 at 4:48:00 PM

In other gay news

but trust me
there was gayer news
Dark17 writes:
on June 1st, 2014 at 5:06:45 PM

wtf
DrugDealingMonkey writes:
on June 1st, 2014 at 5:06:49 PM

@Crambo
What was so bad about it dude? The original is amazing and I'm a huge fan of it but I felt like the new one was a nice take on the story, could have been better but honestly it was one of the better remakes of these days.
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on June 1st, 2014 at 5:11:47 PM

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minkowski writes:
on June 1st, 2014 at 6:26:12 PM

Don't care.

Verhoeven's original film is silly satire that largely makes no sense. It pretty much lambasts both the novel and Heinlein himself by mocking the author's belief in the glory of military servitude. It's a decent film for those in the pursuit of brain-sucking aliens and snarky, simplistic political and social allegory, but as a work of cinema it's pure B-movie madness.

So on one hand, Starship Troopers is chock full of Verhoeven's style, so much that it's a veritable museum to his idiosyncratic film-making, from the wild, bold angles to the campy Roger Corman hyperbolic gore. An imitation remake would simply fail and would find itself in poor company for having done the original the disservice of existing alongside it at RedBox.

On the other hand, a reboot that's faithful to the novel would perhaps find an audience if the story includes enough graphic violence, but nothing short of an R rating is going to do it proper justice. PG-13 wouldn't provide enough headroom to depict the true horrors of Heinlein's depiction of interstellar war, quite simply, and if you don't agree, imagine a Casualties of War or an Apocalypse Now written for the teen date-night crowd.

So I'm a bit confused, to say the least. Certainly they shouldn't remake Paul's film, but if they reinterpret the source material without an intelligent, talented guiding hand, I fear they'll make merely another Skyline, or Battle: Los Angeles, a movie with no heart and soul and instead a clunky, loud, incoherent machine of broken parts rambling on a tortuous, broken path to nowhere. And if they make a movie for a younger crowd, none of Heinlein's exquisite, eviscerating, brutality will showcase the horrors of warl, as it should since Starship Troopers is, if nothing, a parable on what our fighting men have excruciatingly endured in pursuit of battlefield victory.

I would have to say they should leave this one alone.

minkowski writes:
on June 1st, 2014 at 6:27:11 PM

And if you think that post is rambling, you should go back to grade school.

It's certainly no Kevin Williamson, but then neither am I.
Phil writes:
on June 1st, 2014 at 6:35:53 PM

They should make a spin-off off Clancy Browns character "now the enemy can't push a button" throwing knives at sh*t all day.
minkowski writes:
on June 1st, 2014 at 6:57:25 PM

"But why would Megan and her Annapurna Pictures company get involved with such a franchise? She has been funding nothing but smaller projects and recently decided not to fund the "Terminator" reboot, stating: "Annapurna's primary focus is to produce independent films.""




What about the phrase "primary focus" do you not understand?
minkowski writes:
on June 1st, 2014 at 9:21:25 PM

Anyone seen either or both of the Manchurian Candidate films?
triggax writes:
on June 1st, 2014 at 10:00:25 PM

Obviously seen them both.

Washingtons updated version is still a decent enough little thriller. It's not great by any stretch.

John Frankenheimer and Sinatra created some pretty powerful sh*t. It was also more relevant to the time. With that MK Ultra brainwashing sh*t still a pretty big deal. The cold war russians espionage etc. It made a lot more sense. It definitely was a film that worked because of when it was made.

the novel is the same idea.

Demme remade it and tried to present these ideas in 2006 and I wouldn't say failed but when making a movie based around a certain time its best to just leave the original alone.

The original kicks ass. The redux is worth watching. Great cast.
triggax writes:
on June 1st, 2014 at 10:02:28 PM

Haha.. what a lame response.

watch them and let us know.

I would compare the new one to Sum of All Fears in its execution. Kinda.
minkowski writes:
on June 1st, 2014 at 10:40:03 PM

Thanks, Triggax.

I've seen both and prefer the 1962 original over Demme's 2004 remake.

Frankenheimer's film has a great deal to recommend it, such as the rather original inter-cutting techniques used during the "brainwashing" demonstration scenes, not to mention some bold cinematography, although nothing nearly as daring as a few key scenes from The Wrong Man, for example.

And Janet Leigh's chemistry with the character of Marco is a great deal more developed than that of Kimberly Elise's Rosie, who appears to have little purpose other than to advance the plot, whereas Leigh's role is far more integral to the original film's story.

I also appreciate how Frankenheimer deftly wove the various narrative threads throughout the film, whereas in Demme's remake, there is only one, really, although Shreiber certainly has his own voice. Still, the 2004 film is very nearly one narrative, compared to the original which seems to have at least three, all of which are fairly well-developed.

Another note: the 1962 version has nearly as much graphic violence as the remake, which is surprising.

The 2004 remake, on the other hand, does seem to have a tighter pace and a quicker, less labored narrative, which makes watching it less a chore; and its solid thriller structure advances the film more fluidly imo than the 1962 version, at the expense of developing the plot.

The largest problems with the remake, other than those I've mentioned, are the incestuous country-bumpkin role of Mother, played by Meryl Streep, which lent the film a patina of the maudlin. Streep's wild-eyed, forced histrionics didn't help, nor did the film's contrived anti-corporatist morality tale do much to convince me I wasn't watching yet another Hollywood left-wing paranoid screed against the inherent evils of Big Business.

In the original, The Manchurian Candidate referred to Korea, a nation located on and within the Manchurian peninsula. In the remake, it's a dastardly global corporation. In the original, Communists brainwash an American Army patrol to advance the agenda of Russia and the Chinese, all of which then played out on the tail-end of the Red Scare. You can even see a loud-mouthed McCarthy character early on the film. In the remake, Manchurian Global engineers a Presidency to emplace their agent in the advance of....what? Even larger tax breaks? Better lobbyists on the hill?

Thus, imo, the original possessed, at the time it was released, natural cultural and socio-political immediacy, and poignancy prior to the assassination of Kennedy. The remake on the other hand lacks that context, or any context, not to mention it possesses little or no subtlety, and seems devoid of any cultural importance or relevancy.

The 2004 simply resembles less a plausible political thriller and more the work of a fevered acolyte of Noam Chomsky or a rabid Bush-basher, who, at the time, was reputed to be nothing more than a figurehead for a cabal of corporations intent on ruling America, if not mankind, and that seems to be Demme's vision, entertaining as it is.
minkowski writes:
on June 1st, 2014 at 10:42:39 PM

And if that's "rambling" to anyone, you need to learn how to f*cking read. Or develop an attention span.
Tanman32123 writes:
on June 1st, 2014 at 10:54:50 PM

I'm bored.. Watching the last season of ER..
What should I watch next after I'm done, And dont say planes lol
minkowski writes:
on June 1st, 2014 at 11:02:05 PM

Planes.
minkowski writes:
on June 1st, 2014 at 11:02:47 PM

Or Cars. Or Cars 2. Or the trailer for Planes 2. Or read the leaked script for Pixar's Trains.

:D
minkowski writes:
on June 1st, 2014 at 11:04:44 PM

Go watch some 48 Hours Mystery on Youtube. That's what I'm doing.
triggax writes:
on June 1st, 2014 at 11:46:41 PM

Mink.

nailed my thoughts for me. Far more eloquently, so thanks for adding that.

Watching "A Perfect World" for the billionth time right now. Easily one of my personal favorites.

Speaking of no brainer excellent thrillers. Eastwood had at least a dozen in the 90s that everyone forgets about.

In the Line of Fire is a great example. Garden of Good and Evil, Absolute Power. These films don't have a whole to say but theyre sure better than watching most new studio movies.
triggax writes:
on June 1st, 2014 at 11:47:33 PM

*lot
Database Error writes:
on June 2nd, 2014 at 12:57:14 AM

Triggax,

I haven't seen A Perfect World in ages, so I'm going to add that to my queue. Thanks for that suggestion. And thanks for the intelligent replies.
Database Error writes:
on June 2nd, 2014 at 1:18:52 AM

And yeah, Line of Fire is a truly excellent film. Malkovich plays an excellent villain, one that isn't a cartoon rendition like his outing in ConAir. And this was all before Liam did Taken, back when Clint was in his fifties or sixties. And he still owned the film.

The others I have either not seen in a while or felt they were on the boring side, specifically Absolute Power which had Hackman in one of his last roles IIRC. Spacey was in Garden of Good an Evil....

Oh, and True Crime is one of my "favorite" Eastwood films even if it's a standard-bearer liberal flick.
minkowski writes:
on June 2nd, 2014 at 1:20:20 AM

@Trig: those two are mine. I was logged into an old computer that hadn't visited WP in almost two years.

Stupid browser cookies.
mbh911 writes:
on June 2nd, 2014 at 4:25:42 AM

god f*cking damnit, leave my f*cking classics alone! What the f*ck is next??? A f*cking remake of 'Shallow Hal' starring Tom Hanks?

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