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“Starship Troopers” remake will ditch the violence, add the Jump Suits


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When Sony’s planned “Starship Troopers” remake was first announced, we were skeptical. It was unclear what direction “Thor” and “X-Men: First Class” screenwriters Ashley Edward Miller and Zack Stentz were going to take the story in, and that made us nervous.

Paul Verhoeven’s 1999 film combined elements of Robert A. Heinlein’s 1959 novel of the same name with his own satirical take on the military and government to scathingly hilarious results, so how would this one stack up? A new interview with Toby Jaffe, who is acting as producer on the film, leads us to believe that the remake is going to be played a bit closer to the chest.

Empire recently caught up with Jaffe and asked him about the planned return to the “Troopers” universe. He likened it to Sony’s reboot of “Total Recall,” which has stripped away the silly elements of the original movie and added a grittiness that stays truer to the source material. He also said their remake is not going to be anywhere near as violent as the original “Starship Troopers” was.

“The more expensive a film is, the harder it is now to make it that violent,” Jaffe said. “With ‘Recall’ in particular, we made a conscious choice to keep it tonally closer to something like ‘Minority Report.’ It gives the studio, and us as producers, the opportunity to reintroduce it in a new way.”

But don’t throw your hands up in disgust right away. The fact that this new “Starship Troopers” isn’t going to be a straight remake of Verhoeven’s original is a good thing. No one else can make a film like him, so why try? The way Jaffe talks about the remake makes us thing that it could be a visual treat instead of a criticism of our military and political system. Let’s face it, it could be something much worse instead.

“Working in a visual-effects renaissance as we are, we have the ability to do so much more now. We can do the Jump Suits [armoured exoskeletons from Heinlein’s novel], for example, which I don’t think they could have done before,” he said.

What do you think about these new insights into the “Starship Troopers” remake? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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