It may have had a bit of cheese coming off the edges, but the 1997 big-screen adaptation of Robert Heinlein's novel Starship Troopers is still one of the most awesomely crazy sci-fi action movies out there. The even lower-budget, direct-to-DVD sequels? Not so much.
Hoping to recapture the awesome intensity of the first film, yet another sequel is in the works: the CGI flick Starship Troopers: Invasion, and truth be told, it doesn't look half bad.
The film is set 10 years after the original film and will focus on the characters who really made that one work: Rico, Carmen and Carl.
Thanks to an extended Japanese trailer, we now have a good feeling as to what we can expect. The effects look decent, and the action looks solid. The writing? Who knows? But who doesn't still get goosebumps when they hear Rico shout: "Come on, you apes, you wanna live forever?"
Here's the full synopsis, via the film's official blog:
Carmen Ibanez, who flew the Rodger Young in the first movie, is now captain of the John A. Warden (the battleship I introduced in previous blogs). Carl Jenkins, now Minister of Paranormal Warfare, takes over the John A. Warden for a deep space experiment - leaving Carmen livid and ship-less. Carl brushes off her vehement objections and disappears with the ship off into the vast nebula. When Carl and the ship go radio-silent, guess who orders a rescue mission? Yep...it's big-time general/war-hero Johnny Rico.
As our film is set almost 10 years after the first movie, the big 3 are now in their mid-30's and have somehow kept their relationships intact despite deployments millions of miles apart. You will see their fragile yet strangely resilient relationship evolve in this movie, especially with Rico still a little soft on Carmen...and a familiar uncertainty about whether Carmen still reciprocates those feelings. We definitely paid homage to the original movie (in all sorts of ways), so we can't wait to see how fans of the original respond to an awesome mix of nostalgia and "franchise update."
The CGI flick is coming direct-to-DVD sometime this summer.
Check out the trailer here:
What do you think? Will Invasion be the Starship Troopers sequel we've always been waiting for?