Oh, Hollywood – is there no end to your cowardly, money-grubbing idiocy?
“So, we just hug them to death, right?”
Empire magazine‘s new issue has an interview with Toby Jaffe, producer on the new and entirely unwanted reboot of “Starship Troopers“, which ageing geeks will remember as a pretty decent, absurdly gory sci-fi actioner (fans of the original Robert Heinlein novel will probably remember it less fondly, what with director Paul Verhoeven and screenwriter Edward Neumeier reinterpreting the book as a giddy joyride through a fascistic future). And it doesn’t make for good reading.
If this version of the book does make it before cameras, we can look forward to a less violent (what now?), less satirical, straight-up bug hunt with all hints of complexity safely jettisoned and gee-whiz cgi effects replacing anything potentially disquieting (i.e., less likely to make the box office tills ring).
So, Selena Gomez and Taylor Lautner in a PG-13 shoot-em-up with a song by her boyfriend on the soundtrack and nothing likely to tax the brain of anybody with a driving license, then? Where do I sign up for that?
If you live to be old enough, the odds are fairly good that you’ll get to see the tv shows of your childhood remade for a newer audience.
Today’s example of this phenomenon – “Thunderbirds” creator Gerry Anderson’s late seventies, live action sci-fi drama “Space: 1999”, which is due for the creative respray treatment by Jace Hall’s HDFilms outfit, whose most recent project was the reboot of 80’s sci-fi drama, “V”.
A few things, obviously.
Spaceships + Outer Space Nerdery = Super Win on this blog...
If you’re going to remake things, make sure that you’re rebooting something which was a bit rubbish but had potential. So, that’s “Space:1999” in summation – Quite dated, a wee bit too soap opera in tone, but with hard SF underpinnings to mitigate the cheese – we’re off to a good start.
If you’re going to remake things, get good people to do it and make sure that they have cool ideas and can execute things well. Here’s where there’s a slight issue, in that the recent “V” remake was bloody awful in pretty much every respect and was an object lesson in how NOT to make a tv series.
This one could go either way – all I know is that I’ll watch almost any SF show on principle, even if it turns out to be a bit duff, so I’ll probably be giving this remake a look, should it make it to our screens.