It hard to believe we’re coming up on the 20th Anniversary of the sci-fi action horror Starship Troopers and the film, based on the novel by Robert A. Heinlein, is just as relevant today (if not more so) than when it was released in 1997. The film spawned 2 live-action sequels, 2 CGI animated movies, and 1 season of a CGI animated series; none were taken seriously, even by those who consider themselves mega-fans of the original.
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Now, we’re getting word of a 3rd feature-length CGI animated film; but as opposed to the others, this one actually looks pretty damn good! Computer animation has come a long way, but what’s most exciting is that Starship Troopers: Traitor of Mars will reunite Johnny Rico and Dizzy Flores (played by Casper Van Dien and Dina Meyer) respectively—in voice form at least. Considering Dizz died in 1997 original, it’s not clear if we’ll be seeing a resurrected Infantry trooper or a companion in Rico’s mind. The trailer is appropriately enigmatic. Have a look-see:
Official Synopsis: Federation trooper Johnny Rico is ordered to work with a group of new recruits on a satellite station on Mars, where giant bugs have decided to target their next attack.
Troopers: Traitor of Mars will play in select US Theaters for one night only on August 21st, so if you want to check this one out, plan accordingly.
As for the source material: Starship Troopers is a military science fiction novel by U.S. writer Robert A. Heinlein. Written in a few weeks in reaction to U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower’s decision to suspend U.S. nuclear tests, the story was first published as a two-part serial in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction as Starship Soldier and published as a book by G. P. Putnam’s Sons in December 1959. (Source)
As for the Starship Troopers reboot supposedly in the works, we haven’t heard anything new since we first announced the project last December.
Columbia Pictures is rebooting Starship Troopers, the 1997 science fiction film directed by Paul Verhoeven. The studio has tapped Mark Swift and Damian Shannon, the writing duo behind the upcoming Baywatch movie, to write the script for a new theatrical feature film that would relaunch a potential franchise.
We’ll keep you posted on all Starship Troopers related news as additional details emerge; stay tuned! In the meantime, let us know what you think of the trailer for Starship Troopers: Traitor of Mars in the Comments section.