STARSHIP TROOPERS Star Shares Killer New TV Series Pitch
Sony is developing a Starship Troopers TV show with original screenwriter Ed Neumeier returning with the original cast. Now, Casper Van Dien (Johnny Rico) reveals his idea for the show, involving his return as “old man Rico.”
He tells Inverse: “I think that Starship Troopers would be the best TV series right now. I think that it was such a cool first movie, and the other ones, they didn’t have the heart that the first one had. A Starship Troopers movie, turned into a TV series now, everything in the original movie, would fit so well with today’s climate.“
He adds: “I think it would be nice to have old man Rico back. It would be fun to be in there and have some young blood in there, but still have one old, crotchety old man in there, like me… I think that would be a fun thing to shoot. I think with the political climate, and the place we’re at today, it would fit so perfect.”
Written by Edward Neumeier, based on Robert A. Heinlein’s 1959 novel of the same name, the story follows a young soldier named Johnny Rico and his exploits in the Mobile Infantry, a futuristic military unit. Rico’s military career progresses from recruit to non-commissioned officer, and finally to officer, against the backdrop of an interstellar war between mankind and an insectoid species known as Arachnids.
The film sports a 65% over on Rotten Tomatoes with a Critics Consensus that reads: A fun movie…if you can accept the excessive gore and wooden acting.
Are you up for a Starship Troopers TV series?