The first trailer for the animated sequel Starship Trooper: Traitor of Mars is here. In 1997, Robert Heinlein’s science fiction novel Starship Troopers was adapted by director Paul Verhoeven into a much-dissected action movie. On the surface, the film played like a brainless, militaristic adventure featuring a bunch of yahoos slaughtering and being slaughtered by an endless onslaught of alien insects, but underneath the film was actually a sly satire attacking the fascistic attitudes of the movie’s heroic young cannon-fodder and the jaded men who trained them to be unthinking killers.
Starship Troopers did well enough to spawn a pair of sequels, neither of which made any effort to expand on the original film’s themes. There was also a short-lived TV show called Roughnecks: Starship Troopers Chronicles, and in 2012 a direct-to-video animated film called Starship Troopers: Invasion.
Now, Sony is bringing back some of the original cast …
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