Disemboweled bodies, gaping wounds and dripping blood are just a few trademarks in a Paul Verhoeven action movie, especially Starship Troopers, RoboCop and Total Recall. Violence is part of their charm and with all three films currently at different stages of being remade, the question of the universal appeal of excessive violence has been raised.

Total Recall comes out in a few weeks; RoboCop goes into production soon; and Starship Troopers is still being developed. In an interview with Empire Magazine, producer Toby Jaffe said that the remake of Starship Troopers will be less satirical, less violent, more patriotic and generally more in line with Robert Heinlein’s novel than was Verhoeven’s take. Read more after the jump. Read More »

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On August 10th 2011, I visited the Toronto set of Len Wiseman‘s Total Recall remake (read my report of the experience here). After the jump you can read a transcript of an on-set interview with director Len Wiseman alongside producer Toby Jaffe. The discussion was conducted with the roundtable of journalists on set. We talk to Wiseman about the differences between his adaptation and the Arnold Schwarzenegger movie, his version of the future, lens flares, societal issues, easter eggs to satisfy fans of the original, future tech created for this version and the importance of keeping the film “grounded”.

 

 

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