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Peace could be hell for humanity in ‘Starship Troopers 3: Marauder’

September 22, 2016

By Matthew E. Milliken
Sept. 22, 2016

Over a 10-year period, Dutch-born director Paul Verhoeven released five major motion pictures. The streak began in 1987 with RoboCop, an original science fiction property, and continued with the Arnold Schwarzenegger vehicle (and Philip K. Dick adaptationTotal Recall, the racy detective thriller Basic Instinct and the cheesecake festival Showgirls before being capped by Starship Troopers, the 1997 adaptation of one of Robert Heinlein’s most popular novels. Verhoeven’s movies tended to be popular but usually earned a cool reception from critics.

But in fact, Starship Troopers wasn’t all that successful. It grossed just shy of $55 million domestically, good for the 35th biggest take of the year, according to Box Office Mojo. (Verhoeven, incidentally, has directed just four pictures since 1997, one of which is due out this fall.)

Somewhat surprisingly, Starship Troopers actually spawned several low-profile spinoffs. The first of these was Roughnecks: The Starship Troopers Chronicles, an animated TV show that generated 44 half-hour episodes in a one-season run that began in 1999. That was followed in 2004 by Starship Troopers 2: Hero of the Federation, a direct-to-video live-action effort featuring none of the original cast. I’ve watched about five minutes of one Roughnecks episode and have not seen any of the second movie.

There have been two other movies, although I’m skeptical that either of them received proper theatrical releases. One of these was Starship Troopers: Invasion, a 2012 animated production, which I also haven’t seen. The other was Starship Troopers 3: Marauder, a 2008 live-action flick featuring the star of the original Troopers movie — and this, friends, is the reason why I’ve called us all together this evening.

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