EXCLUSIVE: Edward Neumeier Talks 'RoboCop' and 'Starship Troopers' Remakes

The screenwriter serves as an executive producer on the 'Starship Troopers' remake, but he isn't involved in the new 'RoboCop'.

Edward Neumeier talks about the RoboCop and Starship Troopers remakes
Edward Neumeier talks about the RoboCop and Starship Troopers remakes
Yesterday, I had the chance to speak with screenwriter/producer Edward Neumeier for the animated follow-up Starship Troopers: Invasion, currently available on Blu-ray and DVD. He wrote the original Starship Troopers back in 1997, and when I asked if he is involved in the Starship Troopers remake, he said he is on board as executive producer. But that certainly doesn't mean much.

"I am technically an executive producer, which means they never have to talk to me again. I've talked to them a couple of times. I would say that's a few years off, probably three. My only thing to them was, 'Hey, it's a great place to go play. My recommendation is to send your writers on a little field trip and let them experience actual military culture, so they are writing about one of the reasons why people like Starship Troopers.' My producer, Jon Davison, who did Robocop also, always used to say to me, 'You have to make sure your core audience is looked after. If you lose them, you can't ever get anybody else.' That is very smart, commercial thinking. I would say you better make sure you're making a movie that the military guys and those who like the military will like. There's a gym, in Afghanistan, whether you like it or not, called the Johnny Rico Starship Troopers Crossfit Gym. It has an enormous picture of Casper Van Dien holding a Marita on a battlefield, from Starship 1. I grew up in the most liberal places, and my policies are probably as liberal as anyone, and, in many ways, I think there is a warrior culture that is about us, that we enjoy. Even if we don't become soldiers, we play with it in our minds. I think that's a healthy thing to do, even for a savage species such as our own."

He also wrote the original Robocop back in 1987. However, unlike the Starship Troopers remake, he is not involved with the new RoboCop, although he is intrigued by it.

"No, they don't have anything to do with me, man. Sometimes, it's a good thing, and sometimes you wish you could say, 'No, don't!' I don't know. I've gotten used to it, because it's happened to me ever since RoboCop. 'Hey, thanks a lot, now get the f*&k out of here.' Or, 'It's our way or the highway.' Or, 'There's a strike, you're out.' All those things happen. You see what other people have done with the material, and it's actually kind of interesting, after awhile. One of the most interesting variations on it is District 9. I met one of the art directors on District 9, and he said, 'All we talked about on District 9 was RoboCop.' It was a muse for them, and when I watched it, I felt a deep sense of collective satisfaction. Neill Blomkamp is such a talented guy, you know, and he's played with these things I played with and he clearly has a little bit of Paul Verhoeven injected in him somewhere. It's satisfying to understand yourself as being a part of that process."

Click Here! to read my full interview with Edward Neumeier for Starship Troopers: Invasion.

Starship Troopers is in development .

RoboCop was released February 12th, 2014 and stars Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton, Abbie Cornish, Jackie Earle Haley, Michael K. Williams, Jennifer Ehle, Jay Baruchel. The film is directed by José Padilha.



Sources: Brian Gallagher

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Comments (6)

  1. Vanboy

    My second favorite franchise next to Terminator. I hope they don't try soften it for chicks or something. It needs to have the same type of pop culture humor in the news and commercials.

    2 years agoby @vanboyFlag

  2. Fry_3000

    Read an interview from the guy doing new robocop. Poor guy is having a sh*t time trying to get his ideas thru. Looks like the studios interfering and making life very difficult for him. Could be another Babylon a.d. Result for this film.

    2 years agoby @Fry-3000Flag

  3. THE JOKER

    @skywise It means he could be president... says the right things to sound awesome, but probably won't follow it through lol

    2 years agoby @mcleve02Flag

  4. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    The first will always be the best with Jurassic Park level special effects. The animated movie wasn't what I was expecting. It should have een done like Blue Gender's animation. I'll wait and see.

    2 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  5. skywise

    Great quotes...but what does it mean...?

    2 years agoby @skywiseFlag

  6. THE JOKER

    A half way decent news article about this project for once... if you say the right things, can you please start doing the right things for this film!?

    2 years agoby @mcleve02Flag