starship troopers

Depending on how cute you get with your math, there are no less than four separate universes focused upon Robert Heinlein’s Starship Troopers. First, of course, came the original novel itself, then the 1997 blockbuster film by Paul Verhoeven. From there, things get a little dicier. There was Roughnecks: The Starship Troopers Chronicles, an animated television series based on Verhoeven’s film that ran for two seasons back in 1999 and 2000. Then there’s Starship Troopers 2: Hero of the Federation and Starship Troopers 3: Marauder, the live-action and direct-to-video sequels to the 1997 release. Finally, there’s Starship Troopers: Invasion, a 2012 release that rebooted the cinematic universe and refusesd to acknowledge the second and third movies. For one of Hollywood’s most notorious flops, Starship Troopers has had some pretty long legs in its theatrical afterlife.

Of course, that’s not all. This Monday marks the one-night release of Starship Troopers: Traitor of Mars, the latest animated adaption of the original movie. And since some diehard Starship Troopers fans out there might be in desperate need of a franchise refresher, I thought this would be an excellent opportunity to revisit the first four movies – canonical or otherwise — in the Starship Troopers universe.

Some of these films are good, some are not, but their willingness to deconstruct the source material and find a narrative (and genre) that works for them is what makes the Starship Troopers franchise the gift that keeps on giving.

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In this edition of Sequel Bits:

  • Alien: Covenant gets a cool special effects video
  • Edgar Wright talks about the potential for Baby Driver 2
  • Wet Hot American Summer is getting the comic book treatment
  • M. Night Shyamalan provides an update about his progress on Glass
  • Is Annapurna Pictures poised to scoop up the James Bond franchise?
  • Noomi Rapace comments about a possible return to the Alien franchise
  • The animated sequel Starship Troopers: Traitor of Mars gets a new trailer
  • And more!

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starship troopers

I used to think about Starship Troopers every single day because it’s one of my favorite movies and I quote it often and I find its satiric look at a fascist future society both hilarious and chilling. It put a babyfaced Neil Patrick Harris in a Nazi SS uniform. It’s director Paul Verhoeven‘s scathing masterpiece.

But now I think about it every hour or so, not just because it’s being remade as version that will be more faithful to Robert Heinlein‘s original novel, but because the current state of American politics has me pondering Verhoeven’s cynical, authoritarian vision of the future (see: his other genre masterpiece, RoboCop). And it turns out that Verhoeven is inviting comparison himself, explaining that Starship Troopers without the satire “would fit very much in a Trump Presidency.”

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Starship Troopers

The long-promised (or oft-threatened, depending on your point of view) Starship Troopers reboot is finally gearing up to take a big step forward. Columbia Pictures is set to reboot Paul Verhoeven‘s 1997 classic, with Fast and Furious producer Neal H. Moritz and Baywatch reboot writers Mark Swift and Damian Shannon. I’m not going to say this is an bad idea, but I will say that the original film is as close to perfect as movies can get and is, quite literally, my thirteenth favorite movie of all timeRead More »

Jacob Hall’s Favorite Movies of All Time

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Hi, /Film. My name is Jacob Hall and my favorite movies are part of me on a molecular level. Cut me open and the films that have defined my life come spilling out in a great, red heap. So when I was asked to introduce myself to you guys, the community, via a list of my favorite movies of all time, I prepared myself for some gritty, Robert-De-Niro-in-Ronin-style surgery. This list is me being cut open for your amusement.

Read on all about my favorite movies after the jump.

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Starship Troopers

Today’s Sequel Bits has a bit of everything: Tons of casting news, some cute set photos, and a bunch of red-hot posters. After the jump:

  • Lifetime’s The Omen sequel Damien moves to A&E
  • An Absolutely Fabulous movie will shoot this year
  • Heroes Reborn picks up The 100 and True Blood alums
  • Jeff Daniels boards the train for the Divergent sequels
  • Common and Deon Cole line up for Barbershop 3
  • Starship Troopers could be headed to the small screen
  • See the photos from the set of Inferno in Venice
  • Ogle a series of Magic Mike XXL character posters
  • Justin Bieber will make a cameo in Zoolander 2

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Starship Troopers

Here’s one way 2014 won’t be much different from 2013: The flood of sequels, reboots, and remakes isn’t slowing down anytime soon. After the jump:

  • Short Term 12 star Keith Stanfield will be part of The Purge 2
  • That Starship Troopers remake will be closer to the source material
  • Jon M. Chu talks G.I. Joe 3 and dropping Masters of the Universe
  • What do the new Ninja Turtles action figures tell us about the movie?
  • The guys are back together for a new Horrible Bosses 2 image

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Disemboweled bodies, gaping wounds and dripping blood are just a few trademarks in a Paul Verhoeven action movie, especially Starship Troopers, RoboCop and Total Recall. Violence is part of their charm and with all three films currently at different stages of being remade, the question of the universal appeal of excessive violence has been raised.

Total Recall comes out in a few weeks; RoboCop goes into production soon; and Starship Troopers is still being developed. In an interview with Empire Magazine, producer Toby Jaffe said that the remake of Starship Troopers will be less satirical, less violent, more patriotic and generally more in line with Robert Heinlein’s novel than was Verhoeven’s take. Read more after the jump. Read More »

I’ll admit, when I first heard another Starship Troopers film was being released, I had my doubts. Even the first trailer didn’t inspire a lot of confidence. But with the animated Starship Troopers: Invasion now nearing its scheduled summer release, the Japanese trailer has come online and the film was obviously made for fans, by fans.

Written by Flint Dille and directed by Shinji Aramaki (Appleseed), Invasion takes place ten years after the first film and returns Johnny Rico (above), Carmen Ibanez and Carl Jenkins (originally played by Casper Van Dien, Denise Richards and Neil Patrick Harris) for an unexpected reunion featuring lots of bugs.

In the new trailer, you see a bunch of action and you’ll hear plenty of recognizable quotes. Come on you apes, you wanna live forever? Check it out after the jump. Read More »

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So should Paul Verhoeven take this as an insult or a compliment? Two of his best known movies, Total Recall and Robocop, are currently at different stages of being remade and now one of his lesser known but – in my opinion – most fun films, Starship Troopers is next. Vulture reports Fast and Furious producer Neil Moritz has hired Thor and X-Men First Class screenwriters Ashley Edward Miller and Zack Stentz to write a new adaptation of the classic sci-fi novel by Robert A. Heinlein.

The original film, released in 1997, was a moderate theatrical success but lives on in the hearts of its fans (myself included) and in numerous direct to DVD sequels. A new animated film, Starship Troopers Invasion, from the acclaimed director of Appleseed Shinji Aramaki, will be released next year.

That’s all well and good, but what exactly will this reboot consist of? We ask those questions after the jump.

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