Posted on Monday, January 20th, 2020 by Rob Hunter
(Welcome to DTV Descent, a series that explores the weird and wild world of direct-to-video sequels to theatrically released movies. This week, we go to war… in space!)
Paul Verhoeven is a filmmaker whose career has seen highs and lows, hits and misses, blockbusters and quiet indies, but the one constant is that his best film will always be Robocop (1987). This is not an article about Robocop, but it is about the big, action/sci-fi movie he made a decade later that echoes some of the same satirical stylings.
1997’s Starship Troopers is a loose adaptation of Robert Heinlein’s novel – an unrelated script was the film’s basis, and the studio simply bought the title rights from the novel before mashing the two together – but where the book is hardcore militaristic, Verhoeven’s film takes a more cynical, darkly humorous, and dismissive tone. It wasn’t quite the hit they hoped for, but its growth into a cult favorite helped spawn two live-action sequels that went straight to DVD/TV. So let’s be good citizens and give ’em a spin!
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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?
Here is a round up of stories that just didn’t make the /Film front page, or what we like to call…. Page 2!
WALL-E has been spotted hanging on to the side of San Francisco’s MUNI Fast Rail public transit system. [flickr]
Phillip Noyce is in negotiations to direct The Art of Making Money, a DreamWorks project about a notorious counterfeiter who printed more than $10 million in fake bills. [thr]
MTV has the poster for Henry Poole is Here.
United Artists and Lakeshore Entertainment have hired 24 co-creator-executive producer Joel Surnow to develop a contemporary spy thriller that will be directed by Casino Royale helmer Martin Campbell. [Variety]
Starship Troopers 3: Marauder will arrive on DVD and Blu Ray on July 29th. [bloody-d]
Oscar winning screenwriter Diablo Cody is now on Twitter. /Film is also on Twitter too!
Warner Bros will release movies for Apple TV the same day as dvd. [gizmodo]
FirstShowing takes a look at all the comic books you should read before seeing Iron Man.
Disneyland will be hosting Indiana Jones events starting on May 22nd: “Indiana Jones: Summer of Hidden Mysteries” will be made of 2 different street shows, one involves a female Archaeologist and the other features Indy fighting on rooftops. [theraider]
ShockTillYouDrop has posted the first photos from Rogue’s The Last House on the Left remake.
Kim Richards and Ike Eisenmann, the original kid stars of Disney’s 1970s “Witch Mountain” movies, are coming back for Race to Witch Mountain. [thr]
Watch the video for Scarlett Johansson‘s first single “Falling Down” which features David Bowie on backup vocals (but not in the video). [badandugly]
Our friends at MarketSaw have photos of a t-shirt made for James Cameron’s AVATAR from 1996 which Digital Domain was working on concepts. Jeeez, this film has been in development for some time.
Mark Ronson told the BBC that Amy Winhouse submitted a demo for the next James Bond film Quantum of Solace: “The demo sounds like a James Bond theme, hopefully. But I don’t know if it’ll get used.” [empire]
Disney will be releasing an Ultimate WALL-E programmable toy robot manufactured by Thinkway, which will retail for $189.99 USD. It will feature 10 motors for realistic movement, and also a “variety of sensors” to allow for voice activation, navigation, and detection of obstacles, among other capabilities. [pixarblog]
Spout wonders if Iron Man is Too Critically Acclaimed to be a hit?
Alamo Drafthouse had a special advanced screening of Iron Man where they had a guy in a jet pack dressed as Iron Man flying around the parking lot. How cool is that?
SFGate have put together a cool Google Maps mashup of famous movies shot in San Francisco. Now if only someone created a Google Map containing every movie shot in San Francisco. That would be cool.
Rob Zombie has posted a cryptic Dylan Thomas poem on his Tyrannosaurus Rex blog.