No NPH? No rental. Perhaps the makers of Starship Troopers 3: Marauder should have thrown a good portion of that $20 million budget (yes, it’s direct-to-DVD) at Neil Patrick Harris, the token star of Paul Verhoeven’s campy, nihilistic 1997 original. The Japanese trailer has arrived and while it looks much better than anything I may have accidentally gleamed from the first home-market sequel, so does a half-eaten, six-day old meatball sub and Lost Boys 2. Do you think the Japanese subtitles here make everything seem that much more happy-joy? I do.
The SST franchise should really consider a move into the TV ether or webisodes. Casper Van Dien is back (from the dead?) as trooper Johnny Rico, the bugs are abundant and don’t look too disagreeable (Tremors 9 eat your Kevin Bacon stand-in’s heart out), and marking his debut as a director, Robocop writer Edward Neumeier has clearly found a canon to expand for a certain loyal fanbase (greetings). But I’m not sure the original film’s satirical B-movie propaganda works in the context of an actual B-movie. Almost meta, but not. There are shades of Battlestar Galactica here and shades of…okay, I’m just going to be nice.
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Starship Troopers 3: Marauder will be released on DVD on August 5th, 2008.
Discuss: What did you think of the trailer for SST3? Who is the coolest exterminator character in film history?