The fact that the first Expendables was an R-rated affair didn’t stop it from underwhelming some, so Sly’s confirmation that Expendables 2 will be R, not PG-13, after all still isn’t a guarantee of quality — but it probably helps. Also after the jump:

  • Watch a trailer for the Starship Troopers: Invasion, the animated sequel
  • Men in Black 3 drops a new promo image.
  • TRON: Legacy orchestrator Joe Trapanese will return for TRON: Uprising

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A new Starship Troopers movie will be released next year, would you like to know more? Unfortunately, the answer to that question might be “No” considering the huge drop in quality the franchise has suffered since its first theatrical showing. Based on a masterful 1959 novel by Robert A. Heinlein, Starship Troopers is about an idealistic future where the human’s main adversaries are big alien bugs. The franchise kicked off with a bang in 1997 when the novel was turned into a cult classic film by Paul Verhoeven. From there, though, two terrible direct to DVD sequels followed in addition to a better – but not great – CGI animated series called Roughnecks: Starship Troopers Chronicles that lasted one season.

Sony Pictures, which holds the rights to the property, is hoping animation is the way to go with the franchise as they’ve officially announced Starship Troopers Invasion, an anime from the acclaimed director of Appleseed Shinji Aramaki, will be released in Summer 2012. Read the plot synopsis, see the full poster and more after the jump. Read More »

Frank Miller Not Directing Buck Rogers

buck-rogers.jpgLast week, IGN reported that director Frank Miller would follow-up The Spirit with a remake of Buck Rogers, the “campy ’80s sci-fi TV series” most people under 30 have never thought about. Turns out, the writer-producer of the Buck Rogers film, Flint Dille, says Miller is definitely not directing it, leaving Nu Image/Millenium on the prowl for a new “contender” to launch the 80-year-old character into the Oughts. Interestingly, Dille said that he would still like to “meddle” with his pal Miller in the future. So, we’re left wondering, was Miller in and now he’s not?

It was also said last week that the film’s special effects will be purposely shoddy, a running gag of sorts. In all fairness, this could very well prove to be a stroke of genius, but my mind has laughed a little all week imagining dumbfounded American audiences (Grindhouse?) and poorly designed poorly designed laser guns. I was bored. In canon, Buck Rogers takes place in the 25th Century after Rogers, a pilot/astronaut wakes up from a nasty coma. More info on the flick as we get it…

Discuss: Miller’s out, so who else is fitting for the material? I’d go with a comedy director like Greg Mottola, but I’d rather see, um, Spaceballs 2 made.