Starship Troopers 2
Genre: Science Fiction/Action.
Studio: Sony/Buena Vista.
Production Company: Unknown.
Project Phase: Movies Rumored.
Who's In It: No one confirmed as yet.
Who's Making It: Paul Verhoeven (Director, presumed); based upon characters created by Robert A. Heinlein from his novel, Starship Troopers.
Premise: An actual premise is unknown at this time, although Paul V. has given it some thought. His idea is that there are always more planets to be explored, more rounds to be fired, and more and bigger and smarter bugs.
Release Date: Unknown.
Comments: CA weapons advisor Widgett remarks:
"Oh, and Paul -- can we give our boys some real weapons this time? The question 'Why bring knives to a gunfight?' kept popping in my mind during ST1."
[Page draft submitted by 'Widgett'.]
January 21, 1997... Although Paul V. has never directed a sequel to one of his films before, he's stated he would go forward with this project if the studio was willing. AICN mentions that by Paul's reckoning, the first movie would need to reach a worldwide gross of $200 million in order for the sequel to be greenlighted. But with just a shade under $55 mil in domestic sales, will we get to see Rico's Roughnecks blasting bugs again? [Scoop provided by Ain't-It-Cool-News and 'Widgett'.] March 29, 1998... Our latest scooper walked up to Troopers producer Jon Davison at Marmalade and started a conversation about if there'll be a sequel. Davison said he wasn't sure and that nothing has been planned, but he did joke and said they were thinking about calling it 'War on Earth'. The scooper thought it sounded pretty catchy, and Davison said they were kicking around a couple of ideas for a sequel title. As for the story, Davison said he wanted the bugs on Earth, and for them to 'accidentally' learn and pick up greater intelligence. How you ask? "The brain bug finds a way!" was all our scooper said on the matter. [Ben has been recruited by EarthGov Forces.]
January 31, 1999... What's this? One of our readers happens to also be a fan of the animated series Gargoyles and frequents The Gargoyles Comments Room, a place where the fans and some of the series' creators hang out. Our scooper informed us that series' co-creator and writer for Gargoyles Greg Weisman left a very interesting message this past Tuesday, January 26th. Weisman, while explaining his absence from the discussion, left this comment that got the curiosity of our scooper up:
"I had a deadline yesterday for a STARSHIP TROOPERS script that I just barely made. And today, my wife and I are leaving town on a much needed vacation. (I'm pretty sure, I won't have internet access while I'm gone.) "
Whoa -- hold on a sec here. Is Sony developing a script for ST2? Our scooper comments on the Weisman posting by also mentioning it's unclear whether Weisman meant a theatrical sequel or possibly something to do with an animated television series. Weisman's credits are in animated television...but of course that doesn't exclude him or anyone else from writing a movie script (he is listed as co-producer on the theatrical Gargoyles film...if it ever comes together.) With Weisman away from the 'net for at least a week, the question will have to go unanswered for a little while. [Scooped by FedAm trooper 'Alaxk'.]
February 14, 1999... Last week Glen Oliver kicked some butt and posted a lengthy, detailed description about the Starship Troopers animated series now in active development...which solidified our last scooper's rumor that a sequel to the 1997 movie was already in development, and explained Greg Weisman's writing involvement.
The animated series will chronicle both events before and after Verhoeven's movie. Will the series help or hinder the chances for a theatrical sequel one day? For further details check out Oliver's report at Ain't It Cool Coaxial News. [Colin Kearns reminded us; originally broken by Glen Oliver's AICN Coaxial.]