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Starship Troopers star could return for TV spin-off

While Columbia Pictures has a reboot of the original film in the works with no original players involved

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While the film brass have their own plans (and quite frankly, those plans blow worse than a toothy hooker), the writer of 1997‘s “Starship Troopers” says he and the original band are looking at getting back together for a TV series – and they’re hoping that includes Casper Van Dien back on lead guitar.

Speaking with HN Entertainment recently, Neumeier was asked whether or not the cast of the original Paul Verhoeven directed film – including Van Dien, Jake Busey, Denise Richards and Patrick Muldoon – might be allowed to come back and play for some sort of reboot in the near future.

“Well, I think they can. I don’t want to jinx anything, but we are talking about trying to do a television show that is based on that idea. I’ve written all sorts of things with Casper [Van Dien] now as Johnny Rico and it’s a gas to write him because he gives you that character. He gives you more than you think, as soon as he shows up, the tone comes with him a little bit. I think it’s because he’s ridiculously hand-some, he’s got this boyish can-do attitude, which is what Johnny Rico is, and a lot of the brand comes with him.”

That project, unfortunately, isn’t as half as solidified as the other “Starship Troopers” project – a straight-up PG-13 movie reboot that won’t feature any of the original cast, let alone writers.

Neumeier says : “Well, I have mixed feelings about it [the reboot] because I think that what we did with the first Starship is almost not repeatable in a way…I based the structure of Starship Troopers when I was writing it, the structure of WWII propaganda films that the studios made between 1941 and 1944. We don’t really talk about those movies anymore, but that had a very particular structure and they were made during a conflict and they didn’t have an end-point as with Starship ends they’ll keep fighting.”

”I can imagine you could do a new one that was a more serious version of the book without the political commentary, but I don’t know if that interests me that much. The spectacle of the giant creatures and the ridiculous bloodshed, all that stuff, I don’t know if in this world of CG where you can do all that stuff pretty easily seeing a bunch of creatures fighting might not interesting enough right now, for me. But other people might like it.”

”I’m not sure, their idea is as I understood at a certain point was they said to kind of do An Officer and The Gentleman, Johnny Rico as the Officer and The Gentlemen version of a sci-fi movie. So, maybe you could do that a romantic picture about kids coming up together in the service and one of them be-coming an officer and all of that means, you know. It’s really not what Heinlein’s about, but that’s okay I can imagine you could do that. I’m not sure who goes to see that movie though.”

That film, boasting a script by “Baywatch” movie scribes Mark Swift and Damian Shannon, is housed at Columbia Pictures.

While not a grand slam when it was released at the box office twenty years back, “Starship Troopers” did go on to become quite the cult hit – it’s success paving the way for a few direct-to-video sequels and many-a-shared gif of Dina Meyer.

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Picard returns to the vineyard in first promo for new series!

The new series will follow this iconic character into the next chapter of his life

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CBS All Access today revealed a first look at the highly anticipated return of Jean-Luc Picard with a teaser trailer and key art for the upcoming original series, “Star Trek : Picard”.

The series features Sir Patrick Stewart reprising his iconic role as Jean-Luc Picard, which he played for seven seasons on “Star Trek: The Next Generation.” The new series will follow this iconic character into the next chapter of his life.

Alongside Stewart, “Star Trek : Picard” will also star Alison Pill, Michelle Hurd, Evan Evagora, Isa Briones, Santiago Cabrera and Harry Treadaway.

The series will air exclusively on CBS All Access in the United States and will be distributed concurrently internationally by CBS Studios International on Amazon Prime Video in more than 200 countries and territories and in Canada on Bell Media’s cable networks, Space and Z, and OTT service Crave.

The series is produced by CBS Television Studios in association with Secret Hideout and Roddenberry Entertainment. Alex Kurtzman, Michael Chabon, Akiva Goldsman, James Duff, Patrick Stewart, Heather Kadin, Rod Roddenberry and Trevor Roth serve as executive producers and Aaron Baiers (Secret Hideout) serves as co-executive producer and Kirsten Beyer as supervising producer. Hanelle Culpepper will direct the first two episodes of the series.

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True Lies TV series in the works from McG

The classic Arnie movie is getting a TV adaptation made

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McG (“Terminator Salvation”) is taking on more James Cameron, confirming he is working on a TV series adapted from the 1994 action-comedy “True Lies”. The series will be developed for the Disney+ streaming service.

McG spoke to Collider, stating “Well, right now my new thing for television is I’m doing ‘True Lies’ at Disney… which is exciting. I’m writing that one, which is very exciting, because I’m so passionate about that story where you think you know your partner but you don’t.”

Of course what we all want to know is … will there be Arnie? “There’s talk of that. It’s largely rebooted but there may be a spot there, we’ll see.”

In the original “True Lies”, Schwarzenegger plays a secret agent in the film who struggles to find the right balance between his work and family life, where he has to lie to his wife (Jamie Lee Curtis) about his professional activities.

The original 1994 film, also starring Tom Arnold and Jamie Lee Curtis, was expected to be the first in a franchise – but director Cameron went cold on the idea after the events of 9/11, noting that terrorism wasn’t something to make light of anymore.

In the original, Harry Tasker (Arnold Schwarzenegger) is a sales Representative for a computer company, with a wife, Helen, and a daughter, Dana, with a house in the suburbs in Washington D.C. Or so everybody thinks. Harry is actually an agent of a private organization that hunts down any threats to the United States. While he is investigating a possible threat on the U.S., his wife Helen becomes lonely and starts to hang around another man, a used car salesman named Simon (Bill Paxton), so Harry secretly uses his organization’s equipment to monitor on his wife and her new friend. Harry must also worry about the threat on the U.S. Meanwhile, a middle eastern terrorist named Salim Abu Aziz, has formed his own terrorist network he calls “Crimson Jihad” and they are threatening to Nuke the U.S. if they do not get what they want. So, Harry must stop the terrorists and, hopefully, save his own personal life.

McG, who has carved out somewhat of a career for himself in recent years directing and/or producing various small-screen projects for Netflix,  helmed “Terminator Salvation” – a sequel to Cameron’s grandiose ’80s classic “The Terminator”.

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The Falcon And The Winter Soldier miniseries for Disney+ gets director

Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan will star

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Disney+ is developing a 6-Part miniseries of “The Falcon And The Winter Soldier” starring Anthony Mackie as Falcon and Sebastian Stan as the Winter Soldier. Kari Skogland has been assigned to direct the series, which is also rumoured to have “Captain America: Civil War‘s” Daniel Bruhl and Emily Van Camp in talks to join the cast.

Skogland has directed episodes of “The Handmaid’s Tale” and is also Emmy-nominated, a BAFTA-winning director, and showrunner.

The miniseries will air in August 2020. News via Deadline.

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