Almost two years ago, Sony had announced that they would be relaunching the Starship Troopers franchise and it now seems like an all-new TV show may be in the works. While speaking with HN Entertainment, Ed Neumeier had gone on to reveal that he had been trying to bring get the original cast to return for the TV show.
In response to a question about whether or not it is even possible to make a sequel to a film that is now 30 years old, and Neumeier had mentioned that they had been working on something:
”Well, I think they can,” Neumeier had said.
“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 had then revealed that he had “mixed feelings” about Sony’s Starship Troopers relaunch, a film that has been in development since the year, 2016.
”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…” he had said.
“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. 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.”
The Starship Troopers flick that Neumeier had written had been followed-up by 4 straight-to-DVD films, including 2 live-action movies and 2 animated projects. Neumeier had been involved in three of the four sequels, writing Starship Troopers 2: Hero of the Federation, the Starship Troopers: Traitor of Mars anime and Starship Troopers 3: Marauder.
“I’m not sure, their idea is as I understood at a certain point was they said to kind of do An Officer and The Gentleman, Johnny Rico as the Officer and The Gentlemen version of a sci-fi movie,” he had said.
“So, maybe you could do that a romantic picture about kids coming up together in the service and one of them becoming an officer and all of that means, you know. It’s really not what Heinlein’s about, but that’s okay I can imagine you could do that. I’m not sure who goes to see that movie though.”