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A new STARSHIP TROOPERS movie is in the Grapevine!!!

Hey folks, Harry here... Got the following story sent in and after doing some follow up poking around at Sony today, I found that the original creative team on STARSHIP have submitted a proposal to Sony for a sequel which is currently entitled HERO OF THE FEDERATION. No details as of yet, but I do remember that in talking to Jon Davison about STARSHIP TROOPERS way back in the day... He said they had always intended it as a two part film. The second part was to be heavy duty Power Armor and the whole nine yards. All the missing stuff. I'm one of those people that loved Verhoeven's insanely blissful Orkin fantasy. I hope this goes forward!

I've heard through the grapevine that there is an alleged sequel to STARSHIP TROOPERS tenatively titled HEROES OF THE FEDERATION .. Haven't heard if that is supposed to be, STARSHIP TROOPERS 2: HEROES OF THE FEDERATION or not, but what I'm hearing is that it isn't officially greenlit yet, but it is anticipated or rumored to be greenlit this week. What do you know Harry?

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  • May 17, 2002, 5:05 a.m. CST

    First

    by Bosola

  • May 17, 2002, 5:07 a.m. CST

    That was satisfying in a sort of sad way

    by Bosola

    Hands up who thought Starship troopers was one of the best satires, and arguably verhoven's best film? Beverly Hills 90210ers having their brains sucked out...brilliant.

  • May 17, 2002, 5:07 a.m. CST

    Waaaaaay cool!!

    by dastickboy

    Now the name "Mobile Infantry" will make a bit more sense!! I loved Starship Troopers, and I love big robots, so I may get intimate with this film. And another thing? Why hasn't Hollywood got any big robot movies in production? I mean, how many TV shows, comics and computer games (Transformers, Mechwarrior, Mobile Suit Gundam)do these people need to see before they get the message???

  • May 17, 2002, 5:49 a.m. CST

    YES!

    by Gregzero

    Yes!Yes!Yes!Yes!Yes!Yes!Yes!Yes!Yes!Yes!Yes!Yes!Yes!Yes!Yes!Yes!Yes!Yes!Yes!Yes!Yes!Yes!Yes!Yes!Yes!Yes!Yes!Yes!Yes!Yes!Yes!Yes!Yes!Yes!Yes!Yes!Yes!Yes!Yes!Yes!Yes!Yes!Yes!Yes!Yes!Yes!Yes!Yes!Yes!Yes!Yes!Yes!Yes!Yes!Yes!Yes!Yes!Yes!Yes!Yes!Yes!Yes!Yes!Yes!Yes!Yes!Yes!Yes!Yes!Yes!Yes!Yes!Yes!Yes!Yes!Yes!Yes!Yes!Yes!Yes!Yes!Yes!Yes!Yes!Yes!Yes!Yes!Yes!Yes!Yes!Yes!Yes!Yes!Yes!Yes!Yes!Yes!Yes!Yes!Yes!Yes!Yes!Yes!Yes!Yes!Yes!Yes!Yes!Yes!Yes!Yes!Yes!Yes!Yes!Yes!Yes!Yes!Yes!Yes!Yes!

  • May 17, 2002, 6:05 a.m. CST

    They'll fuck it up by making it PG-13

    by EnemyToAll

    The first one cost so much money taht if they make a sequell they'll make it PG-13. What's the fucking point?

  • May 17, 2002, 6:09 a.m. CST

    YES PLEASE!!!

    by mansep

  • May 17, 2002, 6:18 a.m. CST

    Yes! Let the real Star Wars beginn...

    by Blake Falls

    U can expect me first in line.

  • May 17, 2002, 6:28 a.m. CST

    Hee Haw!

    by 84 Charlie MoPic

    I loved the original book (it was the first Sci-Fi book I ever read) and yes, the movie totally distorted it but damn I loved that movie. Moral dilemmas: Bugs versus Fascists - who do you root for? Denise Richards in a tight white t-shirt! Doogie Howser in the Gestapo! What's not to love?

  • May 17, 2002, 7:02 a.m. CST

    Roughnecks

    by Philip Fitzroyce

    Isn't the 'Roughnecks' cartoon rather popular? More popular than the film which preceded it? And aren't the fans of said show youngsters? Expect a PG-15 rated, American Werewolf In Paris-esque sequel says I.

  • May 18, 2002, 12:38 a.m. CST

    Heinlein is still spinning in his grave.

    by Mr.F.N.Sunshine

    Don't make a sequel to that Verhoeven hunk of crap. Let someone who knows what they're doing remake Starship Troopers.

  • May 18, 2002, 12:48 a.m. CST

    Only with Verhoven

    by Louis P.

    I really like Starship Troopers which most did not get. The movie is a goof not to be taken seriously but many people think it's just bad acting. Maybe the young actors were not in on the joke but I think Verhoven new exactly what he was doing. If Verhoven isn't involved expect a sequel on the level of Robocop 2; or 3 for that matter.

  • May 18, 2002, 12:57 a.m. CST

    Heinlein sucks....

    by Jimmy Jazz

    I hated the original novel. I hate heinlein and his quasi-fascist, uber macho, "Boys Own" armchair warrior bullshit. He was Tom Clancy with a better prose style and bigger artistic pretentions. One of the most overrated writers in recent history, IMO. Long live Verhoevan and his deranged masterpiece of a movie! He gave the story the satirical screwing that it so richly deserved. Bring on a sequel! (only if Verhoevan's directing, though)

  • May 18, 2002, 1:37 a.m. CST

    Hey! I remember that movie Starship Troopers 90210...

    by Hung-Wei Lo

    Didn't it take place in some futuristic Beverly Hills high school? Just kidding. Loved the violence, loved the action. Hated the main characters, hated the love triangle story. It was one of them guilty pleasures of my past.

  • May 18, 2002, 1:58 a.m. CST

    JESUS GOD WHY WHY WHY NOOOOO!!!!

    by Gentle_Fury

    Give me a damn break, havent they done ENOUGH DAMAGE!?!??!?!? If anyone has ever read the original book you would know that the movie sucked the biggest donkey balls on the planet!!!! Now they have to make a damn sequel!! I HATE FUCKING HOLLYWOOD EXECUTIVE ASSHOLES THAT FIND IT NECESARY TO DUMB DOWN MOVIES AND PUT OUT SHIT MOVIE AFTER SHIT MOVIE THEN SEQUELS TO ALL THOSE SHIT MOVIES THEN PREQUELS TO ALL THE SHITTY SEQUELS!!!!! When are people going to realize that these movies and this genre sucks all ass?????? Oh well it is a sad day when people think that paul verhoven made up starship troopers......do me a favor visit your local library sometime.....read the original book, WRITTEN IN THE 50's!!!!! it is scary how dead on he was about computers and weapon technology since none of it existed yet!!! Heinlein was an absolute genius!!! Verhoven is an absolute fucking moron, with no brain and too much money!!!!! ok, rant done

  • May 18, 2002, 2:26 a.m. CST

    More BUGS and PROPAGANDA :-)

    by Tsunami3G

    My favorite two things in STARSHIP TROOPERS. Want to learn more....?

  • May 18, 2002, 2:46 a.m. CST

    Regarding Roughnecks the Series

    by The Killer-Goat

    I hope Sony and/or Foundation complete the DVD series this soon, but who knows. If not for the censors I'm sure they would have run rampant with all the violence and reality gore witnessed in the movie. But in the end, really it's the series' stories that take the book to heart, not their interpretation of the technology or even the characters. I honestly felt the book could only be done justice through a series, not a single film. Verhoeven's was entertaining but shouldn't have been named adaption to the book as it seemed to make fun of the very material it was based on. There's respect for ya. In fact, I always imagined something more akin to the grittiness of Full Metal Jacket... with Power suits and Drop ships. But in a weird way, Aliens was one of the best translations.

  • May 18, 2002, 2:49 a.m. CST

    Starship Troopers 2: Angry Argentinians!

    by Christopher3

    In this one, Johnny Rico fights massive, clawed hyperinflation and shoots lasers at the dreaded winged capital flight. This has as much a chance of happening as "Robocop IV," which is to say: not.

  • May 18, 2002, 7:01 a.m. CST

    DO YOU WANT TO KNOW MORE.....?

    by TarantinoWebsite

    Starship Troopers is an underrated fascism-critic masterpiece! I WANT MORE!!! AND MOST IMPORTANT: I WANT DENISE RICHARDS!!!

  • May 18, 2002, 8:20 a.m. CST

    er, Harry would that be PIPELINE?

    by Spab

    Yeah, I heard it's in the pipeline, and I'm just about to lose my mind, honey honey...

  • May 18, 2002, 8:48 a.m. CST

    Harry, I don't mean to sound cliche, but, are you high?

    by Halloween68

    Starship Troopers sucked the hair on my ass. Maybe if they would've had some reputable actors, other than Michael Ironside, the film might have been fairly decent. Come on, Casper Van Who, Denise Richardson (the woman who at the same time stuns you with her good looks and her bad acting, with the bad acting coming out on top, which is really bad considering how hot she is), the son of Gary Busey, and Doogie Howser? That film was doomed from the start with the casting call. Also, was there a moment in the film that didn't remind you of a really bad SciFi channel original movie. I mean the movie had a few moments, but on the whole, those moments were ridiculously short. 'Can't think of a single person who liked this film. Think about it... How long ago did this film come out? There's a reason it took so long for someone to even suggest a possible sequal. The producers are just now coming out of hiding. Just getting over their embarrasment.

  • May 18, 2002, 11:24 a.m. CST

    LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    by Warlord92

    Hell yea!!!!!!! Starship Troopers Rules!!!!!! GREENLIGHT IT NOW!!!!!

  • May 18, 2002, 12:04 p.m. CST

    Verhoeven won't do it but why not .....

    by Boondock Saints

    Verhoeven won't direct it, he got some other things , (some novelcrap thing0 But why not let David Cronenberg or John Carpenter direct? Could be interesting.

  • May 18, 2002, 4 p.m. CST

    Screw the Book

    by Frighter

    Who cares if it departed from the book in style-ness. I think the movie was awesome, the scenes with the huge ships over klendathew (or wahtever its called) and them all gettin blown up, and the scenes where bugs are totally surrounding the destroyed camp or when they tried to invade klendathew was rad. The definition of. The acting was sub par, no denying that, but if anyone thinks that this movie was made trying to get an oscar or anything is very deluded, it was almsot a comedy at times with all them cutscenes where they had like the goverment telling kids to do their part by going around and squashing on the street. If they keep wif the style that the first movie was made, ill definatley go see it. I liked it, screw the bad acting.

  • May 18, 2002, 4:55 p.m. CST

    aww yeah!!!

    by javid691369

    bugs rule!!!!! now all we need are the skinnys!!

  • But unfortunately that is all I can say to those who hate Starship Troopers. Aside from those who hate it for diverging from the book (and I assume I need not address them for we can all ignore such people on a MOVIE website, yes?) people who hate the flick seem to hate it for the exact same resons that some of us love it. The movie was not only a critique of our society and politics but of the very genre in which it resides: the Summer Blockbusters. Crappy acting? Sure was, but do you think that mindless actors getting their brains sucked out was coincidence. Their inability to act was so pronounced that I can't imagine anyone not seeing the subtext. Verhoeven got the most inept of the pretty-face actors to play brainwashed little drones and then foisted it off onto the masses as a must see blockbuster and made a mint doing so. ---------------Clearly if Verhoeven is making this then I'll be in line, if not then fuck it.

  • May 18, 2002, 5:23 p.m. CST

    Doesn't matter

    by TomVee

    This will be like ROBOCOP II, which was an abomination. The biggest issue is Verhoeven. Without him, a sequel is doomed to failure. Certainly you would not want to see nonactors like Denise Richardson and Casper what's-his-name in a sequel without Verhoeven at the helm. It would be like that awful imitation that came out about a year after, based on a (presumably) popular video game (WING COMMANDER?).

  • May 18, 2002, 6:56 p.m. CST

    StarCraft 2: The Sequel

    by Ancil

    Did anyone else keep thinking of the Terran campaign movies from the original Starcraft? That's what Starship troopers reminded me of. So yeah, I'm looking forward to part 2 (of Starship Troopers).

  • May 19, 2002, 8:28 a.m. CST

    The first one? Loved it!

    by Schnorbitz

    Anyone who doesn't like Starship Troopers should imagine that the fascist society in the future has made a recruitment film, where an "ordinary" boy is swept up in the war and makes a difference. Hopefully, any male in the future would want to be Johnny Rico (being told by a dying woman that since he slept with her, her life is complete). I'm sure there were similar ideas of films about joining up/ training/ going on a campaign in Britain and America in the 40s.

  • May 19, 2002, 12:04 p.m. CST

    That line by the legless man:" Mobile infantry made me the man I

    by Tarl_Cabot

    Cool! I always thought Starship troopers was vastly a underrated movie; witty and funny as hell!It was better than The Phantom Menace, Godzilla ,Armegeddon, Men in black, Independece day...and just about every other overhyped dud of the '90s. I hope they bring back Paul Verhoven and keep the R rating.

  • May 19, 2002, 6:11 p.m. CST

    The shadow of Heilein's novel

    by Mixed_Messages

    The direction and plotting of this movie reflected Vorheaven's(sp) experience (and apparent disgust thereafter) of the military during WWII. When he was brought into the pre-production of "Starship Troopers" he knew what he had to say about a Military controlled culture. He brought in a writer who shared his ideas and the movie was made. The product stands as his opinion of his concept of said culture, every director must need a passion and goal to direct a movie. Vorheaven(sp) had that in spades. If you understand his beliefs, you'll understand that movie. That director never did sequels of any movie he made; no doubt because the message he had to show us was revealed the first time. Though I recall that the interview posted here with him, he stated that if a novel idea would pop up; Sure, he'll jump on it. For us who loved the novel, it is a shame that the original story will never be produced, perhaps a few decades must pass for that to happen. Thinking about the sequel. In my two cents, they could easily use a bit of the original book version of Rico (Phillipine looking/Talago-the works and all[so of course it'll be a different actor]) as a hardened M.I. veteran during the end of the war where it was unclear if humans where winning or losing. The neat scene in that kind of movie would be when new recruits come in and the "actor" (Played by Casper Van Deen, who played Rico in the farce produced by anti-war oppenents. [They used Rico as the punching bag for the "movie".]) as a shaken individual who has witnessed the viciousness of the "bugs" during one of their attacks on Earth. The death toll on Earth would be in the billions, so a "scrapping of the bottom of the barrel" has the "actor" join the last ditch attempt to win. Mobile Armor would be seen in the movie, Nuke missles would be used, the Laser armorments of "bugs" would be shown and we'd also see how they travelled thru space(for all you who didn't read the book; the "bugs" are a Technological race). And the FUBAR at Klendathu(sp)could be talked about. It was due to our lack of intel, inexperience and conceit, not what was shown in the Vorheanven's(sp) flick. Example: The two spaceships flying into each other was because their re-entry into normal space from the jump was too close(still at near c, both where obliterated).

  • May 19, 2002, 11:12 p.m. CST

    Oh wonderful...

    by RickP66

    The only good thing about a ST sequel would be if Verhoeven were not involved in it. When I first saw the article, I was HOPING that they were going to make the FIRST movie adaption of Starship Troopers, not a sequel to Verhoeven's circle jerk that had nothing to do with the Heinlein book beyond misusing the title.

  • May 20, 2002, 6:15 a.m. CST

    Heinlein, Verhoeven, Denise Richards

    by Buck Teeth Soh

    Is that the nukular fisticist from The World Is Not Enough? Blearghh. Verhoeven is a genius. The only joke I don't get is Showgirls but what the hell, it has Gina Gershon Sappho-style. Heinlein, on the other hand, has written some great books and Starship Troopers ain't one of them. I'm waiting for The Forever War.

  • May 21, 2002, 12:51 a.m. CST

    Book good, movie good too

    by The Hillbrothers

    I like them both on their own merits. With a sequel to the movie they have a great opportunity to delve deeper into Heinlein's story while expanding on Verhoeven's take, combining the philosophy of the book with the ironic play of the film. They could have the armored suits and the skinnies (and more bugs, hopefully), with Heinlein's message coming through more clearly in officer-training scenes for Rico, and also have the Doogie character from the movie become the enemy as he falls to corruption. And they should also take us to the Bug homeworld. Good Luck, Starship Troopers 2! They will need a clever script with Verhoeven or someone of his caliber and mindset directing in order for this to be good.

  • May 21, 2002, 1:05 a.m. CST

    Oh, yeah, and the sequel could also have...

    by The Hillbrothers

    ...the father return as a military volunteer as he does in the book, which as I recall was a surprise to Rico. In the movie they don't actually show the parents dying so... And I like the idea above about adding a character to show the devastation on Earth from his/her point of view... the father would be perfect for that. We could get his story in a flashback. The flashback as a device was already used in the first film so it fits real good, eh?

  • May 23, 2002, 10:09 a.m. CST

    by LeeScoresby

    Instead of making this film, why not feed africa for a while?

  • May 24, 2002, 1:01 a.m. CST

    Not another ruinous interpretation of a good book ...

    by ClareB

    Oh, please, no ... hasn't Verhoven done enough shite to the novel already? The casting for the movie was appauling, and the overall style was okay, had it been an original film. But to base that film on the novel, and name it after it? It ruined it for anyone who wanted to make a serious attempt at visualising the novel properly. The fully-CGI series has done a much better job, why not movie based on that? Considering the final episodes were never actually made, why not produce them as a movie? That way there would be yet another kick-arse sci-fi CGI film, but one that has a plot, unlike Final Fantasy ...

  • June 10, 2002, 7:40 p.m. CST

    Hell ya to S.S.T 2

    by Roughneck20

    I tihnk sony should give the green light because if its anything like the first one it will bee a hit.

  • June 16, 2002, 3:11 p.m. CST

    Frell a new movie ... Check out "Roughnecks:Star ship Trooper Ch

    by Capn Rahn

    Ok, to get this out of the way, the movie and book are 2 COMPLETELY differant beasts. The movie has it's own merits and is enjoyable - if you seperate it from the orginal novel. Simply, it appeals to my "popcorn" veiwer aspect. Light, fluffy but with the extra butter of minor subtext from Vehoven. However, the film could have been titled any other name and still have pulled the same box office numbers via power of Verhoven's name in the director credits. The book appeals to my deeper nature and I won't go into the differaces here, since this is a movie site (as stated above)and not liteature. BUT, those how would like to see a VASTLY BETTER version of the film, you should check out "Roughnecks:StarShip Trooper Chronicals" a CGI masterpeice from (well mainly) computer o Foundation Imaging now on DVD! Any other comments on R:SSTC?

  • May 6, 2003, 2:52 p.m. CST

    Troopers-2

    by TrooperPX

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