Robert Heinlein’s Starship Troopers is a classic in sci-fi literature. But it took the mind of screenwriter Ed Neumeier to take Heinlein’s unabashed glorification of militarism and turn it into a satire of war fetishization and propaganda. Fans of the original book were shocked by the difference, but the proof is in the result: Neumeier’s interpretation of the Roughnecks and their war against the bugs continues to be the indelible image retained by the culture at large.
In this session, delegates will:
- Learn Neumeier’s strategy in adapting a legend like Heinlein.
- Examine where and why the differences were made.
- Compare/contrast passages from the book with their film counterparts and dissect the emotional impact of each.
Sitting down with the writer of this viscerally satisfying, smart, and funny examination of our own natures is a once in a lifetime opportunity. Do you want to know more?
Appearing in this session
Credits include: Robocop & Starship Troopers
Credits include Below Zero, Hitlersaurus!