Appleseed director making Starship Troopers anime film


[As originally posted on Japanator]

Because why not?

Shinji Aramaki, director of Appleseed and Appleseed Ex Machina, will be directing an anime sequel for Starship Troopers entitled Starship Troopers: Invasion. Specifically, this will be a sequel to the lame Paul Verhoeven version, not Robert Heinlein’s original novel. Flint Dile (Transformers: The Movie) is set to write the script and Appleseed Ex Machina producer Joseph Chou will produce, with the original Starship Trooper‘s star Casper Van Diem on board as executive producer.

It may seem like an odd choice, but Starship Troopers is no stranger to the world of anime. In 1988, Macross 7‘s Tetsuro Amino directed a six-episode OVA adaptation, and the novel’s localized cover art supposedly had a big influence on the advancement of mecha in anime. Still, this is such a random announcement that I have to wonder who decided that this was the perfect time to bring back the property. Did anyone even watch the two direct-to-DVD sequels?

Sony says Starship Troopers: Invasion will be released in Summer 2012.

[Via Crunchyroll]

A distant Federation outpost Fort Casey comes under attack by bugs. The team on the fast attack ship Alesia is assigned to help the Starship John A. Warden stationed in Fort Casey evacuate along with the survivors and bring military intelligence safely back to Earth. Carl Jenkins, now ministry of Paranormal Warfare, takes the starship on a clandestine mission before its rendezvous with the Alesia and goes missing in the nebula. Now, the battle-hardened troopers are charged with a rescue mission that may lead to a much more sinister consequence than they ever could have imagined….