Paul Verhoeven's cult 1997 alien-fighting film will be re-imagined twenty years on

A reboot of the 1997 film Starship Troopers is in the works.

The sci-fi film, which depicts a global military offensive against an insect species known as “Arachnids”, starred Casper Van Dien, Denise Richards and Neil Patrick Harris, and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Visual Effects in 1998.

19 years on from the original film’s release, The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that a reboot of Starship Troopers is in the pipeline. Writers Mark Swift and Damian Shannon, who are also working on the upcoming Zac Efron and Dwayne Johnson-starring Baywatch reboot, have been tasked to the new Columbia Pictures project.

The original film will not be remade – and no personnel from the 1997 version of Starship Troopers will be involved in the reboot – but the filmmakers will consult Robert A. Heinlein’s novel of the same name, which was used as the base material for Verhoeven’s film nearly 20 years ago.

The report also says that Columbia Pictures hope that the reboot will go on to launch a Starship Troopers film franchise should it be successful.

See a clip from the 1997 film below.