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Starship Troopers: Traitor of Mars CG Film Posts 'Director's Trailer'

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Film screens on August 21, ships on home video on September 19

Sony Pictures Entertainment began streaming on August 11 the director's trailer for Starship Troopers: Traitor of Mars, the new CG-animated sequel to the 1997 film Starship Troopers. Fathom Events will screen the film for one night only on August 21 at 7:30 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. local time. The film will then be available digitally on August 22.

The film will ship on September 19 as a 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Disc Combo Pack, a regular Blu-ray Disc, and a regular DVD.

Shinji Aramaki, the director for the 2012 CG-animated film Starship Troopers: Invasion, is returning to direct the new film. Masaru Matsumoto is the co-director, and Joseph Chou is the producer of the film. Ed Neumeier, the screenwriter for the 1997 film, is returning to write the screenplay for the new sequel. Casper Van Dien and Dina Meyer are reprising their roles as Johnny Rico and Dizzy Flores, respectively. Comedian DeRay Davis, a fan of Starship Troopers, also has a role in the film.

Japanese production company Lucent Pictures Entertainment and Tokyo-based computer animation studio Sola Digital Arts are working on the film along with Sony's Stage 6 Films.

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 Kato had created powered suit designs for his illustrations in the 1977 Japanese reprint of Heinlein's novel.

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