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CG Starship Troopers: Invasion Film's Bug Designs Previewed

posted on 2012-05-07 01:45 EDT by Lynzee Lamb
Inspired by 1997 live-action film's bugs, but scaled down for ship corridors; Baku Owada voices creatures

The official blog for the new computer-animated Starship Troopers: Invasion film posted designs for the anime's bug enemies on Friday. The film will feature bugs similar to the Warrior bugs from Paul Verhoeven's loose 1997 live-action film adaptation of the original novel, but scaled down in size to better fit inside the CG ships' corridors. The staff also created an entirely new species of bug referred to as "Plasma Grenadier Bug." Its design is inspired by the beetle, grub, mantis, pill-bug, and other insects. The alien insects' shrieks were provided by Japanese actor Baku Owada and then digitally processed for the film.

The blog had previously posted starship designs, as well as power suits designed by Shinji Aramaki (Appleseed) and Shinji Usui (Metal Wolf Chaos, Chromehounds). Aramaki is directing the new film, which is due out in summer 2012. A trailer for the film was streamed on IGN in March.

Flint Dille is writing the screenplay for the film after working as a story editor on The Transformers and G.I. Joe television series of the 1980s. The staff commissioned illustrator Hidetaka Tenjin (Macross Frontier, Macross Zero, Hellsing Ultimate) to create a teaser poster for the film. Joseph Chou (Appleseed films, Halo Legends, proposed live-action Evangelion) is producing the new project. Edward Neumeier and Casper Van Dien of the live-action Starship Troopers film are executive producers.

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