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Starship Troopers Star Wants Movie Rebooted Into TV Series Like The Mandalorian

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Starship Troopers Star Wants Movie Rebooted Into TV Series Like The Mandalorian

Based off the success of Disney's The Mandalorian TV series, an actor from the iconic movie Starship Troopers is keen to get the same treatment.

Casper Van Dien, who played Johnny Rico, reckons there is plenty of material to work with to get the premise of the 1997 film onto the small screen .

Starship Troopers was a satirical military science fiction movie that took the piss out of the way Hollywood often over-Americanises its films that involve the army, air force and navy.

The synopsis begins with: "In the 23rd century, while colonising new planets, humans have encountered a hostile non-technological insectoid species known as Arachnids, but commonly referred to as 'Bugs'.

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Credit: Buena Vista International
Credit: Buena Vista International

"The Bugs appear to be little more than savage, unrelenting killing machines, though there are suggestions that they were provoked by the intrusion of humans into their habitats."

Anyone who has seen it will remember just how bloody and gruesome it was.

Van Dien reckons a TV series reboot 'would fit so well in today's climate' and has called on directors like Quentin Tarantino, Edgar Wright, James Wan, and Robert Rodriguez to give it a go.

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In an interview with Inverse, he said: "I think that all those directors, it would be fun, to have them come in and do an episode or two or three, or an arc, or something like that.

Credit: Buena Vista International
Credit: Buena Vista International

"I think it would be fun if we had that kind of thing where it's real filmmakers making the thing. That would be my goal."

He said it be cool to mirror the way The Mandalorian is put together, where the overarching story is written by one person, but it's interpreted differently by different directors for each episode.

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It's certainly worked for Disney, and if it ain't broke...you can only imagine how many fans would leap out of their seat at the news of a Starship Troopers series.

Van Dien was asked whether he would want the whole story rebooted from the start or if he would prefer it to carry on from where the movies left us.

"I'm not opposed to The Roughneck Chronicles or the original 1980 cartoon movie that came out that was all in Japanese or just the book, itself," he said.

"I think it would be fun to maybe put it all in the Starship Troopers universe [...] and I think it would be nice to have Old Man Rico back. I think it would be fun to have some young blood in there but still have one old crotchety old man in there like me."

Featured Image Credit: Buena Vista International

Topics: Entertainment, TV and Film

Stewart Perrie
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