As I read this chat with Paul Verhoven at The Playlist I had to stop and think for a second to try and remember if I'd seen Len Wiseman's remake of Total Recall or not - it almost felt as if I had. I have not, though. But then, haven't I? I might as well have. You know what I mean. Anyway this is what Paul has to say upon it:
"I don’t know if they’re going to do [a] Starship Troopers [remake] after the failure of Total Recall. Yes, they bought the rights, we know that, but I really thought they made a mistake when they did the remake by making it so serious. I’m not so sure [that approach] will work for ['Starship Troopers’] either. I think all of these films are accepted because they don’t take themselves so seriously. There’s a lightness, you believe it, but we also know it’s not true."
Verhoeven goes on to say he's proud of never having done any sequels himself, whilst somewhere a silent tear rolls down Elizabeth Berkley's cheek. No not that one. The other one.