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Animated 'Starship Troopers: Invasion' Movie Arriving Next Summer

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October 14, 2011
Source: SlashFilm

Starship Troopers: Invasion

Do we really need another one? Maybe animation will make things better. Sony has announced that they're developing another Starship Troopers sequel, following up two other terrible straight-to-DVD sequels to the 1997 sci-fi military action movie directed by Paul Verhoeven. The new one is titled Starship Troopers: Invasion and will be animated, which isn't the first time in this franchise that has happened - there was as animated series called "Roughnecks" made in 1999 as well. Directing this is Shinji Aramaki, of Appleseed and Appleseed: Ex Machina, as well as a Halo Legends segment previously. This actually sounds awesome.

I'm admittedly a huge fan of the original Starship Troopers, although I stayed far away from the sequels, knowing they were terrible. But something about this new animated one has caught my attention. There's a production blog on Tumblr updating on the project, which is where that badass concept art piece above as the teaser poster comes from. According to some details on ShockTillYouDrop, Casper Van Dien might be returning to voice Johnny Rico, and Ed Neumeier, screenwriter of all three Starship Troopers movies, is also in the mix as an executive producer. The screenplay for this one is by Flint Dille, who's worked on numerous video games in the story department and cartoons. Here's the synopsis released:

A distant Federation outpost comes under attack by bugs and the team on Fast Attack Ship Alesia is assigned to help evacuate the survivors and bring military intelligence safely back to Earth. Before the attack ship can rendezvous with the starship, Carl Jenkins, now at the ministry of Paranormal Warfare, takes the starship on a clandestine mission and goes missing in the nebula. The battle-hardened troopers are then charged with a rescue mission that may have much more sinister consequences than they ever could have imagined.

That sounds a bit more vague than I was expecting, considering we don't exactly know how Rico fits in or what this clandestine mission is all about, but I'm intrigued. The only other interesting detail comes from their only blog post so far, saying "we really want this installment of the Starship Troopers franchise to be known for its action, grit, and mind-blowing space battles." Okay, they got me, I'm in if they can deliver kick ass space battles and the kind of bug action that the original Verhoeven Troopers is known/loved for. Starship Troopers: Invasion is being animated by Sola Digital Arts, Inc. in Japan aimed for a Summer 2012 release. While I expect this is going straight-to-DVD again, I'm looking forward to seeing it anyway.

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  • Jericho
    once again i agree. i loved the first one and the series while only saw ten minutes of the second before quitting. i hope this will redeem the troopers enough for everyone else to love it again too.......
    • Davidcameranut
      the second one was missing casper. but i did enjoy alll the rest of the series. bring richards and van diem back and u will b fine
  • Chris Amaya
    I really hope it's not anime-ish and full of anime cliche's....but then again it just might be wishful thinking that it won't be. 
    • http://the72pins.com DaftBot
      in the 80s there was an anime about Starship Troopers and it was incredible.
  • Xerxexx
    Hopefully it will follow the source material.
    • Anonymous
      Then get ready for some big changes. If I remember correctly, there was an 80s anime (Uchu no senshi I think) which was based off the original book(s?). Johnny Rico is Phillipino (I think) and obviously the other people from Buenos Aries are Portugese. Also the main mode of fighting was using power armor (like in Avatar for you younguns) and I think they were fighting other humans and not bugs. Of course this is all of the top of my head. Except the title Uchu no senshi, I looked that up.
      • Xerxexx
        Perhaps don't follow the main source...eek.
      • Pointer
        Hmmm, "other people from Buenos Aries are Portugese", as in Buenos Aires, Argentina, South America?? The younguns may not know what an OVA is but maybe they do know geography!
        • http://the72pins.com DaftBot
          They were always from Buenos Aries in the film, the book and the 80s anime, but they weren't protugese at all. It's actually a really solid anime and sticks close to the source material.
        • Anonymous
          eerrpp... meant they speak Portuguese. Or at least didn't look like models from the midwest. My bad. And uh, I'm stupid thought BA was on tail end of Brazil. I do know geography, but it's been awhile since I had to use it. Again I'm coming off of memory, and haven't seen the OVA in a good 4-5 years.
  • Robbie
    Love the first ST (I really dig that they satirized their source material opposed to adapting it) and the third aint too bad.  So I say BRING IT
  • Anonymous
    Considering I have seen it all I'd say this should be good, if not great. Yep I seen all 3 movies, the cartoon, the anime, and both Appleseeds. The Appleseed movies were beautifully made (even though the first is severely dated). Add in combine the either the original story or Verhoeven's witty take on the future of the military and you've got a solid flick.
  • http://www.fuckingcatalinawinemixer.com Will
    It's an ugly planet. A bug planet.
    • Xerxexx
      These are the rules. Everybody fights, nobody quits. If you don't do your job I'll kill you myself. Welcome to the Roughnecks
      • Anonymous
        Sigh... I'm no leader. I'm just here to fight.
  • Chris_G
    I'm very interested. I am a huge fan of the original film and have never seen the 2nd or 3rd films. I own Halo Legends, and while it was an entry in the franchise that didn't strictly adhere to the finer details of the established canon, it was altogether very good for anyone who's Halo fandom went beyond the games and also serves as a great introduction piece for any non-fan. Aramaki's segment 'The Package' was EASILY the best segment of the entire anthology, a big part of it was a fantastic space battle. I am extremely excited to have him at the helm of this. I just have one question, is it in face a sequel and not some sort of reboot? Is it within the same canon as the current film franchise?
  • http://senzafine.net/ Yahzee
    ... how does a franchise that begun making lots of money ended up with so awful straight-to-DVD sequels? Now this? I'm ignoring any of these movie until the studio shows some respect and care. I tortured myself watching the third and that ain't gonna happen again any time soon
  • Anonymous
    huh? There was ONE terrible sequel to the original, and that's the 2nd "fake" sequel. The third one was good, if you watched it ;) Minus the fake part (religion). That was the kicker for me. I mean ... why ruin a movie over an obvious fantasy?
    • http://the72pins.com DaftBot
      how is it a fake sequel? 
      • Anonymous
        It was more of a spinoff than a sequel. (Hero of the Federation) Granted it was a crappy movie, but with crap for a budget and obviously made to sell a few vhs copies, it wasn't that bad. Ironically I found the 3rd one was a bigger disappointment, with the return of the timeline, Casper as Rico, and source material.
  • Anonymous
    Despite my best efforts, I despise the "anime" style and am unlikely to jump ship now.
  • http://the72pins.com DaftBot
    This is actually not the 2nd time Starship Troopers will be adapted into animated form. Before the original 1997 film hit there was a short lived anime series in Japan that was actually much truer to the original book. It was pretty amazing actually. 
    • http://www.firstshowing.net Alex Billington
      Anywhere I can see a trailer or some footage or something like that? Sounds awesome, I would like to hear more!
  • WoodSon
    huge fan of Robert A Heinleins book, Please oh please stay true to the book!
    • Grant
      Just my opinion but Heinleins's book was Fascist Propaganda so let's keep Verhoeven's train of thought here and satirize it to the max.  
      • Tonyngc
        define fascist and then tell me which parts of the book were fascist propaganda...
  • Sokoyev
    This is definitely going to be something to watch. As a sci-fi fanatic, I very much loved the first starship troopers. I am excited to see what the animated film will bring!

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