Starship Troopers: Invasion

When I first heard of a ‘new’ Starship Troopers movie that would be free of the taint that is Casper Van Dien, I was intrigued about the property getting a fresh start. While the first movie was fun, it was followed by two that taint punchingly bad. The new one will be animated, written by Flint Dille and directed by Shinji Aramaki (Appleseed) and looks like it’s anything but fresh start.

Rather ham handedly shoehorning some call back lines into the trailer… really guys? It just seemed very forced and awkward, like the trailer is begging you to recall the Paul Verhoeven film. I won’t spoil the call back lines in the trailer, but you will know them when you hear them. They are about as subtle as a giant robot fist punching through an giant alien cockroach. That being said it still looks good, it’s beefy space marines shooting up nasty space bugs.

Do you want to know more? Trailer and synopsis are up after the jump.

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Starship Troopers To Be Animated, Again.

Back in 1959 Robert A. Heinlein published what many call the archetypal military science fiction story, Starship Troopers. It has long been the go-to text book for lovers of social/political/military science fiction, not to mention gave us power armored soldiers that stomp bugs, James Cameron made it required reading on the set of Aliens, the cover of the novel alone inspired artists to make mecha anime in Japan. 1997 Paul Verhoeven tried his best to ruin that legacy with his big screen adaption of the book that took certain liberties with the source (as in, more or less changed everything). Slowly chipping away at Heinlein’s fine work to be come a ‘so bad its good’ nerds guilty pleasure. Toss in a CGI tv show (Roughnecks was so so good) some direct to video sequels, both video and table top games that never really happened and you’d think they’d finally give up on ruining a good book.

Think again.

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