So should Paul Verhoeven take this as an insult or a compliment? Two of his best known movies, Total Recall and Robocop, are currently at different stages of being remade and now one of his lesser known but – in my opinion – most fun films, Starship Troopers is next. Vulture reports Fast and Furious producer Neil Moritz has hired Thor and X-Men First Class screenwriters Ashley Edward Miller and Zack Stentz to write a new adaptation of the classic sci-fi novel by Robert A. Heinlein.

The original film, released in 1997, was a moderate theatrical success but lives on in the hearts of its fans (myself included) and in numerous direct to DVD sequels. A new animated film, Starship Troopers Invasion, from the acclaimed director of Appleseed Shinji Aramaki, will be released next year.

That’s all well and good, but what exactly will this reboot consist of? We ask those questions after the jump.

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If you’ve been avoiding spoilers for The Dark Knight Rises, you can come out from under your rock now. Principal photography has been completed so no more set photos will be revealed. One cast member has put up a celebratory photo, though. Who is it? Also, what does Michael Shannon say General Zod won’t look like in Man of Steel? What are five reasons Sony hasn’t been pushing The Amazing Spider-Man yet? Want to know what a Black Widow spin-off movie would have been about and why it didn’t get made? Read about all of this and more in today’s spoiler free Superhero Bits. Read More »

Briefly: A film version of one of the few action-oriented ’80s TV shows to escape new exploitation so far, The Fall Guy, is moving forward once more. Martin Campbell (Green Lantern, Casino Royale) is in “early talks” to direct the film. The script is by Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz, who contributed to X-Men: First Class.

The 1981 series was Lee Majors’ follow-up to The Six Million-Dollar Man. Douglas Barr and popular ’80s pinup Heather Thomas co-starred in stories about a stunt man who works nights as a bounty hunter. (The big idea here in the wake of the 2011 summer season: make a version of Drive that could make money.) There was an economic aspect to the show, as Majors’ character needed to do the bounty hunter work to make ends meet. No word on casting yet, but the central role is one that any physically skilled guy could play. Hopefully the producers and Campbell will look to an actor that is over 30, but I wouldn’t hold my breath.

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Paramount Hiring Writers For ‘Top Gun 2′

Yep, the sequel/follow-up to Top Gun is still happening. Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz, who were jointly responsible for one of the middle drafts of X-Men: First Class, are in talks to write Top Gun 2 (or whatever it will eventually be called) for Paramount and David Ellison’s Skydance Productions. Read More »

Keeping with the trend of contemporary fantasy series, a la ABC’s Once Upon a Time and NBC’s Grimm, Fox has given a script order to an hourlong drama based on Lev Grossman‘s novel The Magicians. X-Men: First Class co-writers Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz have been tapped to write, with Michael London (Milk), Shawn Levy (Real Steel), and Michael Adelstein producing. The “Harry Potter for grown-ups” show will center around a group of 20-somethings in New York City who are studying magic. More details after the jump.

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We probably could have guess that this would happen: not long after taking the gig directing Price and Prejudice and Zombies for LionsGate, Craig Gillespie has brought Marti Noxon on to rewrite the David O. Russell script. In addition to having a resume that includes Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Marti Noxon wrote the Fright Night remake that Mr. Gillespie directed last year. Footage of that one is getting out in the wild now, and the response is pretty good. So now they’ll work together once more.

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, based on Seth Grahame-Smith‘s revision of Jane Austen‘s classic novel, has made news for its shifting directorial roster over the past year. But it still has no cast, and until this new script draft is done, it is possible that there will be no one signed. Don’t expect to see Natalie Portman, who was once attached. But we’ll give you the names when deals come together. [The Wrap]

After the break, the Thor screenwriters are working on a new adventure film for Down With Love director Peyton Reed. Read More »

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When Matthew Vaughn was announced as director of X-Men: First Class, you wouldn’t have been errant in guessing that this news would quickly follow. Vaughn and Jane Goldman worked closely together on Stardust and Kick-Ass, so it was logical to guess that she might contribute to First Class as well. Indeed, we’re now hearing that Goldman will work on the script for the X-Men prequel. Read More »

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