Animated 'Starship Troopers: Invasion' Movie Arriving Next Summer

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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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.......

Jericho on Oct 14, 2011


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

Davidcameranut on May 16, 2012


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. 

Chris Amaya on Oct 14, 2011


in the 80s there was an anime about Starship Troopers and it was incredible.

DaftBot on Oct 16, 2011


Hopefully it will follow the source material.

Xerxexx on Oct 14, 2011


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.

Anonymous on Oct 14, 2011


Perhaps don't follow the main source...eek.

Xerxexx on Oct 14, 2011


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!

Pointer on Oct 15, 2011


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.

DaftBot on Oct 16, 2011


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.

Anonymous on Oct 16, 2011


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

Robbie on Oct 14, 2011


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.

Anonymous on Oct 14, 2011


It's an ugly planet. A bug planet.

Will on Oct 14, 2011


These are the rules. Everybody fights, nobody quits. If you don't do your job I'll kill you myself. Welcome to the Roughnecks

Xerxexx on Oct 14, 2011


Sigh... I'm no leader. I'm just here to fight.

Anonymous on Oct 16, 2011


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?

Chris_G on Oct 15, 2011


... 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

Yahzee on Oct 15, 2011


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?

Anonymous on Oct 15, 2011


how is it a fake sequel? 

DaftBot on Oct 16, 2011


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 on Oct 16, 2011


Despite my best efforts, I despise the "anime" style and am unlikely to jump ship now.

Anonymous on Oct 16, 2011


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. 

DaftBot on Oct 16, 2011


Anywhere I can see a trailer or some footage or something like that? Sounds awesome, I would like to hear more!

Alex Billington on Oct 16, 2011


Sorry couldn't find the trailer, but found the opening credits.

Anonymous on Oct 16, 2011


huge fan of Robert A Heinleins book, Please oh please stay true to the book!

WoodSon on Oct 16, 2011


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.  

Grant on Oct 17, 2011


define fascist and then tell me which parts of the book were fascist propaganda...

Tonyngc on Mar 1, 2012


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!

Sokoyev on Oct 18, 2011

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