Toby Jaffe is producing Len Wiseman's forthcoming remake of TOTAL RECALL, and is also toiling away on a re-adaptation of Robert A. Heinlein's STARSHIP TROOPERS - previously brought to the big screen in a subverse, ultra-violent, FX-laden action yarn by the great Paul Verhoeven. So, two Verhoeven classic pictures...both being re-approached by the same producer.
Empire spoke with Jaffe about STARSHIP TROOPERS and the subject naturally turned to the issues of ratings and violence.
"The more expensive a film is, the harder it is now to make it that violent,"
"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."
...our job is to be a little more faithful to the book, and ground it a little more."
...reveals Empire HERE.
On the plus side, Jaffe suggests that we'll be seeing elements from the book which were not (or could not) be realized back on Verhoeven's production. Like - Jump Suits! Which could be amazingly cool if handled correctly right. Perhaps they'll also go for something like this gag from the often excellent ROUGHNECKS: STARSHIP TROOPERS CHRONICLES series? Check out 6:41...