Please, Hollywood, leave Paul Verhoeven's Starship Troopers alone

Please, Hollywood, leave Paul Verhoeven's Starship Troopers alone
Tron: Legacy’s Joseph Kosinski may be about to remake the Dutch director’s incisive satire. Has the forgettable Total Recall reboot taught him nothing?

Rumours of a remake of Starship Troopers, Paul Verhoeven’s 1997 incisive satire of American fascism, have abounded for the best part of a decade. The latest suggestion is that Joseph Kosinski, director of such sci-fi non-classics as Tron: Legacy and Oblivion, could be tapped to reimagine the movie that set Johnny Rico and his cheerful militaristic pals against all those nasty space bugs. There are so many reasons that this is a terrible idea that it’s hard to know where to begin, but let’s start with Hollywood’s previous efforts to take on the Dutchman’s gilded back catalogue.

The original Total Recall, in 1990, might just be the perfect Arnold Schwarzenegger vehicle, the Austrian oak’s preposterous frame and over-the-top acting perfectly complementing
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