Here’s a thought to make some of you out there feel nice and young: Starship Troopers is 20 years old this year. Paul Verhoeven’s loose adaptation of Robert Heinlein’s sci-fi novel remains some piece of work too, although the less said about the straight-to-DVD live actions sequels the better. However, the animated follow-ups have been far more on the money, and another is arriving later this year.
Starship Troopers: Traitor Of Mars will see Casper Van Dien and Dina Meyer reprising – in voice form at least – their roles from the first movie. Ed Neumeier is back to pen the screenplay (he also wrote RoboCop), as well. It’s directed by Shinji Aramaki (Appleseed Alpha). The film will see Johnny Rico demoted, and sent off to a small station on Mars. In the meantime, the Federation is still bug hunting, attacking the creatures’ home planet.
But: what’s this? The bugs pop up with a surprise attack, and Johnny Rico is left to lead his Troopers in the resistance against them? That’ll do.
Here’s the trailer…
The film is getting a one-day theatrical release in the US in August from Sony and Fathom Events. The screening will feature bonus material, including Neumeier and Van Dien introducing the movie, along with interviews and behind-the-scenes footage.