A television series based on the cult classic Starship Troopers could be on the horizon, and the original cast of the movie may be involved. Ed Neumeier, the screenwriter for all three live-action films and the animated series, discussed the possible franchise reboot during an interview, confirming his involvement and his hopes that the original cast will get onboard.
When asked about whether the original cast – which included Casper Van Dien, Denise Richards, and Neil Patrick Harris – were open to getting involved, Neumeier was optimistic.
“Well, I think they can,” said Neumeier, according to a report by TV Web. “I don’t want to jinx anything, but we are talking about trying to do a television show that is based on that idea.”
Neumeier’s answer suggests that the show is still in the earliest stages, particularly since he used the word “jinx.”
This isn’t the first time a live-action television show based on Starship Troopers has been pitched. In 2015, Neal H. Moritz, a producer, tossed around the idea of either a new feature-length film or a TV series, the television wasn’t pursued.
In 2016, Moritz and Columbia announced that Mark Swift and Damian Shannon were signed on to write a Starship Troopers remake, though both Neumeier and Paul Verhoeven, the original film’s director, expressed skepticism about the project.
“Well, I have mixed feelings about [the remake] because I think that what we did with the first Starship is almost not repeatable in a way,” said Neumeier.
“I based the structure of Starship Troopers when I was writing it, the structure of WWII propaganda films that the studios made between 1941 and 1944,” he continued. “We don’t really talk about those movies anymore, but that had a very particular structure and they were made during a conflict and they didn’t have an end-point as with Starship ends they’ll keep fighting.”
While the original Starship Troopers was largely panned by critics, the film attracted a cult following. However, it was considered an achievement when it came to special effects. The film received an Oscar nomination for Best Visual Effects in 1998, but lost to Titanic.