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New CG-Animated Starship Troopers Sequel to Premiere in August

posted on by Karen Ressler
Japanese production companies listed for one-night theatrical film

Fathom Events announced on Monday that it will premiere Starship Troopers: Traitor of Mars, a new CG-animated sequel to the 1997 film Starship Troopers, in United States theaters. The event web page lists Japanese production company Lucent Pictures Entertainment and Tokyo-based computer animation studio Sola Digital Arts along with Sony's Stage 6 Films.

Ed Neumeier, the screenwriter for the 1997 film, is returning to write the screenplay for the new sequel. Casper Van Dien and Dina Meyer will reprise their roles as Johnny Rico and Dizzy Flores, respectively. Comedian DeRay Davis, a fan of Starship Troopers, will also have a role in the film.

The film will screen for one night only on August 21 at 7:30 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. local time. The screenings will include behind-the-scenes footage, interviews, and an introduction from Neumeier and Van Dien. Tickets will go on sale for the general public on June 19.

Fathom Events describes the story:

In “STARSHIP TROOPERS: TRAITOR OF MARS”, Johnny Rico has just been demoted and sent to a small satellite station on Mars whilst the Federation attacks the bugs' home planet. While trying to train his new recruits on this remote quiet station, the bugs show up in a surprise attack but the Federation's Fleet is too far away to help. It's up to Rico and his Troopers to save the planet and uncover how the bugs made it so close to home.

Before Paul Verhoeven's loose 1997 live-action film adaptation of Robert A. Heinlein's original Starship Troopers novel and its several direct-to-video follow-ups, Gundam anime studio Sunrise produced a video version of Starship Troopers in 1988. Studio Nue (Macross, Legend of the Galactic Heroes) co-founder Naoyuki Katō had created powered suit designs for his illustrations in the 1977 Japanese reprint of Heinlein's novel.

Sola Digital Arts previously produced the CG-animated film Starship Troopers: Invasion with director Shinji Aramaki and screenwriter Flint Dille in 2012. Aramaki also directed Appleseed Alpha with Sola Digital Arts and Lucent Pictures Entertainment.

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