ANOTHER BUG HUNT
Johnny and Dizzy are together again – huh? – in Starship Troopers: Traitor Of Mars
Released 20 years after Paul Verhoeven’s monster-piece, the all-cg Starship Troopers: Traitor Of Mars isn’t just an anniversary movie; it’s a high-school reunion. launching the film at this year’s san diego comic-con, writer/sF veteran edward neumeier gives red alert the one-line pitch: “the three friends from the original movie, several years later, have to reunite to save the Federation from internal plots… et cetera!”
the three friends being Johnny rico, carmen ibanez and… dizzy Flores? hang on – didn’t dizzy become space-bug fodder all the way back in the original? “sony wanted to do another one,” says neumeier, who’s written and/or produced all five Troopers movies. “i always said, ‘well, we have to do it with casper [Van dien],’ and i had an idea that i thought would allow me to bring the character of dizzy back, played by [original actor] dina meyer.”
we won’t spoil the secrets of dizzy’s comeback – but suffice to say, she shares the screen with her former comrade-in-arms (and bed) Johnny. “i went in and visited [dina meyer] while she was doing her voiceover work, which was a lot of fun,” says Van dien. it’s not the first time the stars have crossed paths since the original movie. “she and i still do conventions together,” he continues. “Starship Troopers is something we both get recognised for a lot.”
Van dien and RoboCop writer neumeier have also forged a firm friendship in the years since Johnny rico first went to war against the insects – which are, needless to say, crawling all over Traitor Of Mars. “it’s so interesting, to know somebody who’s as dark and sick and perverted as he is,” Van dien jokes affectionately, “and how he sees me.”
will rico – and neumeier – return for another tour of duty? a six-quel isn’t confirmed as yet, but the ideas-well is far from dry. “it’s easy to sit down and figure out the next adventure,” claims neumeier. “the thing that’s interesting about him – the character, not casper! – is that he’s not that smart about the world. But he feels the world should be fair, amid all the nefarious stuff going on.”
characterisation aside, real-life offers plenty of grist to the writer’s mill. “other than using Archie comics as the background, the real secret of Starship Troopers is that it’s a history of american conflict in the 21st century,” reveals neumeier. “more than anything else, i find the plots have gotten more interested in the messed-up politics… i would say, wait a couple of years to see what we do next!”
Starship Troopers: Traitor Of Mars is out on Blu-ray and DVD from 8 January.
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