Despite its rather humble origins, grossing $121 million worldwide from a $105 million budget, Starship Troopers turned into the franchise that no one quite expected. The original 1997 movie spawned 2004's Starship Troopers 2: Hero of the Federation, 2008's Starship Troopers 3: Marauder, which brought back original star Casper Van Dien, and the 2012 animated movie Starship Troopers: Invasion. There has been a remake in the works for the past few years, with producer Neal H. Moritz hiring screenwriters Zack Stentz and Ashley Miller to write the script back in December 2011. We haven't heard anything about the project since, but, while promoting Goosebumps at CinemaCon, Neal H. Moritz said they may actually turn Starship Troopers into a TV series, instead of a movie.
"We're developing it. We've actually been talking about either doing it as a feature or doing it as a television show. So, we'll see."
The original movie did spawn an animated series entitled Roughnecks: The Starship Troopers Chronicles, which only lasted one season. It remains to be seen if the movie or TV show will be based on Robert A. Heinlein's original novel, or when the story will be set. If they do decide to go the TV route, it's possible that Zack Stentz and Ashley Miller could still stay on board, since they have written for and produced sci-fi shows such as Fringe and Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.
Still, if they do venture into TV, that could mean that they may not have the budget required to bring these alien bugs to life in a way that fans have come to expect. In the original novel, these troopers used power suits to fight the alien scourge, which only appeared in Starship Troopers 3: Marauder, but a practical effect like that would likely be far too expensive for a TV series. Do you think this franchise better off getting a TV series or movie reboot? Let us know what you think.