The war with the bugs still rages on with Rico and Dizzy fighting away at the front lines.
Starship Troopers was originally a novel written by Robert A. Heinlein and published in 1959. It wasn’t until 1997 that the live action film directed by Paul Verhoeven was released into theatres. Whilst this wasn’t a big commercial success, it has gained a bit of a cult status over the years.
Over the years the support of the film has gained enough push that there have been two direct to video sequels, Starship Troopers 2: Hero of the Federation (2004) and Starship Troopers 3: Marauder (2008).
In 2012 an animated film, Starship Troopers: Invasion, was released onto DVD and is considered the fourth film in the franchise.
Let’s not also forget a forty episode CGI animated series was also broadcast in 1999 entitled, Roughnecks: Starship Troopers Chronicles, which took inspiration from both the original novel and the 1997 film.
Now, out of the blue comes a new animated film from Sony, Starship Troopers: Traitors of Mars. In this new story, Rico has been demoted and sent to Mars whilst the Federation set out to attack the bugs on their home planet.
Rico discovers a secret bug attack on Mars and must fight to defend the planet whilst any help from the Federation is far out of reach.
Both Starship Troopers actors Casper Van Dien and Dina Meyer return to voice their CGI animated counterparts, Rico and Dizzy.
Starship Troopers: Traitors of Mars will be shown for one night only in the US on August 21st featuring an introduction from both Van Dien and the film’s writer Edward Neumeier.
As well as the film, the presentation will also feature behind the scenes footage and interviews with the filmmakers.
Tickets will go on sale June 19 from Fathom Events.