Right now, Alan Taylor and company are hard at work on Terminator, a new seqboot instalment of James Cameron's formerly exciting series of killer robot time travel pictures. All being well, this new chapter will be able to make us care again.
Could Annapurna also be about to apply their magic touch (ie. Oracle millions and passion to produce) to getting a new Starship Troopers off the ground?
Collider seem to think so, and their case is simple and crisp, if circumstantial and possibly just plain wrong.
It started when Annapurna's Megan Ellison tweeted, simply:
Would you like to know more?
— Megan Ellison (@meganeellison) May 31, 2014
That being one of the slogans of the fascists' marketing campaign in Starship Troopers.
The Collider writer replied with an image from Troopers, and then Ellison replied 'Yes.'
So, if I were to place a bet, I'd say there's something to this. What exactly? I guess we'll have to wait and see but at least I can honestly say that I do want to know more.
Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz were put to work writing a new Troopers film in 2011. What relationship that work might have to do with this new motion remains to be seen.
It's hard to not respect or admire a lot about Robert Heinlein's original novel but, honestly, I love Paul Verhoeven's subversive, sly film a lot more. Because of it's politics? Yes, but not only. Still, I would be disappointed if any new version shifts its sentiments towards the right end of the political spectrum. I'm not going to pretend that isn't the case.