Starship Troopers 2
The leader of the Pack - Posted on Monday Jun 09, 2003.
I never watched The Sentinel, but I know it had its fans. In fact, about the only thing I remember Richard Burgi from was a spot he did on the first season of 24. You might remember, he masqueraded as a Kims friends father, who turned out to be as rotten as a week old apple. He was quite good in the brief part, so Id be interested to see what else he can do. Next, hes front row centre of the upcoming Starship Troopers sequel, now filming under the direction of Phil Tippett, and weve got the first official photo of him from the film today.
On location with the "Troopers" - Posted on Wednesday May 21, 2003.
Starship Troopers 2 is in full swing in California. Ok, so theres no Casper Van Dien, no Doogie Howser and no Denise love that ménage-a-trio Richards but Phil Tippett [Director] and Jon Davison [Producer] well and truly have their fingers in the pulse. If anything, it could be one of the most watchable straight to video releases of the next twelve months.
Dark Horizons had this set-report:
"It takes place 5 years after the first movie, the opening scenes are of the propaganda commercial stating why you should join the Federation Troopers, lots of scenes of Troopers running and then a scene that is a copy of the Iowa Shima Flag Lifting. Immediately cuts to planet Zulu where the troopers are surrounded on a cliff by bugs and they are blasting away and are told to retreat. Nearly 3&Mac218;4 of the troopers are killed as they retreat towards an abandoned military base. They arrive at the base and get no response from the Federation when they ask for evacuation and pick up, meaning they are stranded there. There is also a subplot that the bugs have engendered a virus that infects some of the troopers and the bugs are trying to get the infection to go all the way up to the heads of the Federation. This virus turns its victims into Zombies of sorts"
Davison told me he was off to a zombie test last week now that does sound captivating.
Clints Bits - Posted on Thursday May 15, 2003.
Starship Troopers 2 starts filming today Thursday, May 15th. The truck with all the new weapons arrived last night. They look better than the first film! They were designed and built at Tippett Studio under the supervision of Bart Trickel, says Producer Jon Davison.
"Troopers 2" teaser completed - Posted on Friday May 02, 2003.
Say what you will about all these direct-to-video sequels [you would't believe the folks who've emailed me asking why I even bother mentioning direct to video stuff] that seem to be all the trend, but one thing's for sure 'they are' going to make money. You can almost guarantee anything with a '2', '3', 'Strikes Back' and the like will be met with interest when they adorn the top of the video shelf - "Starship Troopers 2" being one of them. "Troopers 2" sounds like it "could be" the best direct to video sequel in quite some time.
Ok, so Verhoven isn't involved, and neither is any of the original cast, but who 'is' involved are Tippett Studios. Phil and the gang there did the awesome effects and creatures for the first movie - and admit it, those elements were essentially what the film was all about. Phil Tippett, behind the camera, might actually work for the film.
I had a chat to Producer Jon Davison - who also worked on the first film - who assures me its all looking good. "[Starship Troopers 2] is two weeks out from the beginning of principal photography. It's will be shot on the Sony HD 24-P camera, like the new Lucas trilogy. This will allow Phil Tippett to do more special effects and digital manipulation without the expense of scanning the film into the digital realm and recording it back out to film", he says.
And apparently a teaser trailer is just around the corner. "One of Phil's animatics was so cool that Sony has decided to build a special teaser trailer around it". I believe Jon's smack-bang in the middle of a 'Zombie' test today. Oh, some people do have the life. Oh, and why do I mention all this 'direct to video stuff'? - because no one else really does
|Enlist now for the army of the future - Posted on Tuesday Apr 22, 2003.
Scoopie, Scoopie, Scoop. Just in, the official cast list for the soon to be shooting "Starship Troopers 2" - Those that have got the nod to star in the Phil Tippett sequel are; [in alphabetical order] Billy Brown, Richard Burgi, Kelly Carlson, Cy Carter, Sandrine Holt, Ed Lauter ["Cujo"], J.P. Manoux, Lawrence Monoson, Colleen Porch, Drew Powel, Ed Quinn, Jason-Shane Scott, Brenda Strong ("Red Dragon"). The film begins shooting next month in LA. Conflicting reports suggesting the lead was Kelly Clarkson [not Carlson] have been proven untrue. Damn, I'm sure many would have been excited to see her ripped in two!
|Will the Troopers remember their sunscreen? - Posted on Monday Apr 21, 2003.
Dark Horizons has a bit of an update on the much-talked about "Starship Troopers 2". According to the site, it's readying production with shooting starting on May 15th at Manhattan Beach Studios in Los Angeles, California. And according to DVD Premiere Awards, the full title will be "Starship Troopers 2 : Hero of the Federation". Still no word on a cast.
|Brown not returning for "Starship Troopers 2" - Posted on Tuesday Mar 25, 2003.
Contrary to rumours, Clancy Brown won't be back to reprise his role as Colonel Zimm in the forthcoming "Starship Troopers 2". It was intended that Brown would return to do the sequel, but his commitments with the TV series "Carnivale" have made it impossible for him to find the time. Producer Jon Davison says "We are not taking him up on his facetious suggestion of blue screening him into the final picture", adding that Brown is still very interested in the sequels conception.
Making Starship Troopers 2 : The Script - Posted on Monday Mar 17, 2003.
As part of our ongoing coverage of the "Starship Troopers 2" production, Moviehole talks to screenwriter Ed Neumeier today about the script itself and what to expect in the sequel. "As Jon Davison mentions, the idea for the sequel was essentially that Phil Tippett should direct a movie. I have always had tremendous respect for Phil's talent and felt a great personal debt to him for the extraordinary work he did on both RoboCop and Starship Troopers", begins Neumeier.
"The script for Starship 2 pretty much took its cues from what Phil wanted to do and what was possible given the limitations of the budget. Phil's idea was that we should sort of reverse what had been done with the first two Alien movies. If Starship Troopers was a gung-ho bughunt adventure ala Aliens, then Starship 2 would be a more moody horror picture like Alien.
"Personally, I'm always making fun of everything and trying for satire but don't tell Phil. In this case, the joke may well be on me since we don't have any money at all and everytime I propose something the producer, my old pal Jon Davison, just laughs at me.
"In many ways, though, our micro budget (at least by comparison to the first one) has been an interesting creative exercise. Since you don't have anything, you've gotta be very flexible and very inventive and ultimately this is both a freeing and inspiring experience. I often think of a scene in Vincent Minnelli's The Bad and The Beautiful wherein Kirk Douglas and Barry Sullivan playing producer and director of B pictures accordingly are assigned "a little horror called - 'The Doom of the Cat Men.'" The problem: The Cat Men costumes are an embarrassment. Then Kirk the producer comes up with the fabulously creative and cost-effective idea of showing niether the bad costumes nor the Cat Men at all:
And what scares the human race more than
any other single thing? The dark!
"Well, this has sort of become my approach to Starship 2. It's basically gonna be... dark. In The Bad and The Beautiful, of course, 'The Doom of the Cat Men' becomes a tremendous hit. Kirk Douglas and Barry Sullivan go onto fame, fortune and A-list movies. I sense that Jon Davison is laughing at me as he reads this because as a producer he is much more realistic than I am and no doubt believes we'll be lucky if we aren't ridden out of town on a rail. What he doesn't know, however, is that Phil and I have quietly agreed to give the producer all the credit for this wonderfully creative and cost-effective idea."
Stay Tuned for more coverage of "Starship Troopers 2" in the coming weeks.
|Making Starship Troopers 2 : The Budget - Posted on Monday Mar 10, 2003.
In what will be the first of a series of conversations with the creators of the forthcoming "Starship Troopers 2", Jon Davison, producer of the film, talked to the site today about the film's rumoured low budget. "This installment of Starship is being kept low budget for an excellent reason; to provide a comfort level for Sony so that they will hire Phil Tippett as the director. Phil and I have worked together off and on since Dante's "Piranha". He sculpted the title character, ran the fish factory, executed many of the effects on location and was an all around great guy. Over the years we've tried to work together as a producer/director team but I've never been able to make that happen until now. The key was the low budget. Sony is getting a huge bargain on the visual effects in exchange for allowing Phil to helm the film. We will also need lots of help from the talented folks in Phil's shop to make it happen and be visually exciting. It really has to be a labor of love to pull it off for next to no money.", says Davison.
|Casper kisses "Starship Troopers" role goodbye - Posted on Thursday Mar 06, 2003.
Casper Van Dien once again spoke out about his non-involvement in "Starship Troopers 2" on his Official Site. "The powers that be say that they are trying to make it for as little money as possible. I wish they would give Phil Tippett and SST2 more but 'c'est la vie...I wish them good luck.". Van Dien also said the biker film "Destiny" that he and Patrick Muldoon started filming last year has been canned. "Lack of money. It will never be finished".
|Plot details uncovered for "Starship Troopers 2" - Posted on Sunday Mar 02, 2003.
'Gareth' caught up with someone involved in "Starship Troopers 2" whilst at the Seattle Creation entertainment convention and found out some juicy plot details. Says Gareth, "The film involves a bunch of troopers in a fort staving off raids from the bugs while waiting to be rescued. The cast will be made up of largely unknowns and will not feature any characters from the previous film. What the film will feature is a lot of action and a very surprising human drama. The reason for this is that the bugs have a parastic infection in their arsenal, and troopers who become infected start to loose control and decay from the inside. A symptom of the infection is a hand deformity so as a result, those who are infected attempt to hide this fact and will cause the soldiers to turn on themseleves as they are unsure of whom they can trust. The film will mix elements of "The Thing", "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" "The Hidden", and "Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan" with classic Trooper Combat."
|"Starship Troopers 2" makes it official - Posted on Monday Feb 10, 2003.
Production Weekly has confirmed that Phil Tippett will indeed direct "Starship Troopers 2", set to lens in Los Angeles mid-May. Edward Neumeier, will return with a new script, about a small group of troopers who find themselves taking refuge in an abandoned outpost as they attempt to fight against the encroaching arachnids-not realizing that a much graver danger is actually infiltrating their unit.
|Want to see Van Dien back in "Starship Troopers 2"? - Posted on Tuesday Jan 21, 2003.
A petition is circling the web that will hopefull entice producers to have Casper Van Dien back as Johnny Rico in "Starship Troopers 2", which Tippett studios recently confirmed they'd be making shortly. Judging by the response to the petition - there's a huge demand to have Casper back on board.
|Producer talks "Starship Troopers 2" - Posted on Monday Jan 06, 2003.
Moviehole talked to Producer Jon Davidson today about what exactly is going on with the "Starship Troopers" sequel. Davidson did say though that the male lead isn't exactly locked in due to scheduling conflicts. "There MAY be a sequel to "Starship Troopers". If there is; it will be directed by Phil Tippett", he says. "It will be shot High Definition and go direct to DVD (at least in the US)." he adds. And what of the rumours that Clancy Brown will reprise his role as Zimm? "If it goes soon Clancy Brown won't be in it as he's busy with a series for HBO. If it goes in the summer or later, Clancy said he'd love to do it.", Davidson explains.
|Johnny Rico absent from "Starship Troopers 2"? - Posted on Thursday Jan 02, 2003.
The rumours are true. There will be a "Starship Troopers 2", but according to Casper Van Dien - via his Official Site - Johnny Rico is going to be notably absent from it. "They may do a SST 2 with Tippet set to direct. Starring Clancy Brown. Direct to Video. I talked with Ed Neumier (The Wrtiter). It is a confirmed maybe. So far I am not involved in that", says Casper.
|Tippett to lens "Starship Troopers 2" - Posted on Sunday Dec 29, 2002.
After years of speculative mooting, a sequel to "Starship Troopers" has finally been given the green light. According to Dark Horizons, Phil Tippett will direct the instalment, which starts filming in Feb. The original, directed by Paul Verhoven, was only a moderate success but built up a nice following on home video. No word yet on the cast but Frank Petzoid has signed on to be the Director of Photography.
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