tifosi77 wrote:columbia wrote:tifosi77 wrote:columbia wrote:Starship Troopers
Wasn't that direct to video, or something like that?
I'm an unabashed fan of the first movie; it's a brilliant satire. Honestly can't say if Verhooven set out to make a satire on purpose...... but it's still a hoot nonetheless.
I suspect that he knew what he was doing.
Knowing that this director made both RoboCop and Showgirls, I'd say it's no better than an even money bet.
AVC: In order to get a film like, say, Starship Troopers made, do you have to sell the studio on a giant bug movie, then sneak in the satirical commentary?
PV: Sneaking in [those elements] was never something that I intended to do. They were all in the script. In my opinion, the movie got made because there were so many regime changes at Sony at that time, one after the other. Mike Medavoy disappeared, then Marc Platt came in, then Bob Cooper came in, and so on. There were five or six changes, and I don't think anyone ever looked at the movie! All the satire was in the script from the beginning, but they might not have been really aware of it, or had read it precisely. By the time one of them might have understood what movie I was going to make, he was already gone. The next group came in. I think we slipped through this labyrinth of changing regimes until finally the movie was done. By then, it had become a stable regime, but then, of course, the movie was already made. It was not that I was lying to anybody. It was already in the script, all this ironic stuff, all this hyperbolic stuff, all this playing with fascism or fascist imagery to point out certain aspects of American society, that was all in the script.