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Film Roles: "Starship Troopers 2: Hero of the Federation"

Filmed 2003; premiered April 24th 2004 on the Encore Action Channel in the USA, with DVD release slated for June 1st '04. Worldwide DVD release will vary according to region, with Region 2 (Europe, Japan and the Middle East) becoming available in early April. Theatrical release thus far in Japan and Korea. Character: Captain Dax


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Encore and Action Channel logos [22 May 04]*** Starship Troopers 2: Hero of the Federation airs in additional schedule slots on the Encore Action Channel *** -- According to the latest update at the Starz! website's Encore Action Channel section, ST2 will air on the following dates after premiering as part of the Saturday Action Zone:

Sunday, May 23rd at 3:30am ET on the Encore Action Channel
Friday, May 28th at 4:00am ET on the Encore Action Channel

Encore Action is a part of the Starz Encore Group, and can be found on many Cable systems as part of the premium channel package. For additional information, visit the Starz! website at: http://www.starz.com/se/action/index.html


Starship Troopers 2 DVD featuring Richard as Captain Dax [22 May 04] *** Starship Troopers 2 DVD release dates announced for various regions *** -- Starship Troopers 2  DVDs are now available for purchase in international markets (see list below). Viewers in Region 1 only have two weeks to wait.

Region 1 (USA & Canada) -- June 1st
Region 2 (Europe, Middle East & Japan) -- May
   - Netherlands -- May 3rd
   - United Kingdom -- May 10th
   - Poland -- June 29th
Region 4 (Australia) -- May 19th

At far left, in the image at left, can be seen the original DVD cover artwork, with the updated cover art beside it. The "special edition" design is the version that will grace the Region 1 DVDs when they are released in early June.

Trivia note: With more scenes remaining that studio time allowed, the producers decided to get a least one critical scene "in the can" by producing it in CGI (think of Gollum in "Lord of The Rings.") The shot of Dax armed with a pair of Morita rifles, backlit by the transport ship's engines, was generated entirely in the Tippett Studio computers. (Richard spent some time working at the Tippett Studio in Berkeley, CA, where the digital filming, motion capture, and careful facial scanning necessary for the incredible degree of realism was done). 

The final  image is from the "making of" featurette included in the Starship Troopers 2 DVD, which includes interviews with Richard and his castmates, as well as behind the scenes footage.

* NOTE: The Region 1 DVD is now available for pre-order at Amazon.com! Amazon's price is $17.47, a 30% discount off the list price of $24.96. The film has been given an R rating by the MPAA. 

* Theatrical Release Updates:
ST2 will be released in theaters in both Japan and South Korea, according to the latest news received by starshiptroopers2.net

(Thanks to starshiptroopers2.net for the information, and to Danny for the screengrabs)


Starship Troopers 2 soundtrack CD available from Varese Sarabande [22 May 04] *** Starship Troopers 2 Soundtrack CD coming in June from Varese Sarabande *** -- The Starship Troopers 2  soundtrack will soon be available for purchase in retail stores and online through the Varese Sarabande website, which lists a June 8th release date.

Varese shows an initial list price of $17.98 in their ST2 listing at www.varesesarabande.com

The soundtrack consists of the following tracks: 

1. Fed Net (1:47); 2. Battle at Z.A.* (3:54); 3. Retreat to Devil's Anvil (:33); 4. Storm (2:16); 5. The Fortress (1:26); 6. Red River Mercy (:43); 7. Fortress Search (2:57); 8. Attack! (3:53); 9. Dax Released / Perimeter Burn (2:41); 10. DMZ (1:20); 11. Bug Zapper (1:08); 12. Reunion (2:36); 13. Sniff Factor (1:31); 14. Psychic Shakedown (2:46); 15. Kitchen Scene (1:07); 16. Soda Wakes (1:21); 17. Door Jam (2:15); 18. Reappearing Cream (Flirtation) (1:20); 19. Soda's Tongue (1:38); 20. Joe's Smile (:45); 21. Sahara and Dax/Taps (2:12); 22. Finger Food (1:16); 23. Vision Dream (1:23); 24. Spying on the General (1:00); 25. Tail O' the Bug (1:27); 26. Transition (:51); 27. Meeting with Dill (1:52); 28. Lieutenant Dill's Death (2:19); 29. Dax Arrested (1:03); 30. The Rape of Rake (2:18); 31. Vengeance (4:43); 32. Rake's Sacrifice (1:26); 33. Soda Fizzles (1:16); 34. The General Explains (1:09); 35. Kill Them All! (1:33); 36. Dax's Last Stand (2:41); 37. Fed Net / Epilogue (1:46); 38. End Credits* (4:44)
 



[28 May 2004] *** Columbia Tristar running Troopers 2 ads on the WB, UPN, the Sci Fi Channel... ***  -- With the June 1st DVD premiere of  Starship Troopers 2: Hero of the Federation just around the corner, short television ads are appearing in Primetime broadcasts of show like the WB's "Smallville" and "Angel," UPN's "Enterprise," and across the board at the Sci Fi Channel -- most recently during "Andromeda" and "Stargate: SG-1."

The promo spots feature Richard quite prominently, first as Dax ordering "All personnel to the perimeter!" and in a scene or two from "Inside the Federation," the behind the scenes featurette included on the DVD.  Footage used from the film itself is similar to that seen in the earlier trailers (see examples below).



[22 May 04] *** FOX Network airing 15-second Starship Troopers 2 trailer *** -- The 15-second ST2 trailer which premiered on the FX Channel during the recent FX DVD Awards Show should now be airing on the FOX Network to promote the film's release. The trailer is currently available as a Quicktime file at the www.starshiptroopers2.net website, or at the www.moviehole.net site. Richard appears in two scenes, first in a close-up where he can be heard saying "All personnel to the perimeter!" and shortly thereafter in a scene where he's standing at the left edge of the screen, aiming a rifle at a Warrior bug as it prepares to pounce on some unfortunate Trooper.
Fifteen-second Starship Troopers trailer excerpts


[22 May 04] *** ST2 Trailer Update *** -- A more detailed 1-minute theatrical-style trailer is now available at the www.starshiptroopers2.net website. The trailer is available in downloadable ZIP file format (recommended for repeat viewing). The new trailer features extended versions of the scenes shown in the 15-second version, along with new scenes and new graphics, and a colorful new Starship Troopers 2 logo.

The trailer is also airing on the Encore Action Channel to promote the premiere of StarshipT roopers 2, which is now only three weekends away.

60 second ST2 trailer now available
(Thanks to starshiptroopers2.net for the information)


[22 May 04] ** Additional articles, print and online ** -- With Troopers 2 airing on the Encore Action Channel, and the DVD release underway in most regions, articles and interviews are continuing to appear in the various sci-fi and fantasy genre publications. Most prominent, and recent, are:

CFQ / Cinefantastique -- (Part I) February/March 2004 issue (Volume 36, #1, pp. 28-33)  -- info at http://www.cfq.com/
CFQ February-March '04 issue now available! [22 May 04] *** Starship Troopers 2: Hero of the Federation featured in February-March 2004 issue of Cinefantastique *** -- Science Fiction and Fantasy genre magazine Cinefantastique, now also known as CFQ, ran the first part of a two-part article on ST2 in its previous issue (see cover at left). 

The six-page feature (pages 28-33) consists of two sections -- "Getting the Bugs Out," which focuses on director Phil Tippett and his experiences on the production, and "Triumph of the Kill," which delves into the philosophical background of the original Starship Troopers film. Both are written by Jeff Bond.

Though some of the photos will be familiar to ST2.net visitors, the selection of eye candy is bolstered with several new photos, including one of  the parasitized Sgt. Peck (J.P. Manoux) looking ghoulish, and one of  effects supervisor Eric Leven modeling an unlikely chapeau -- one of his new bug creations. 

Richard makes an appearance as the heroic Captain Dax in a pair of pictures -- one as the clean-shaven, impeccably uniformed, and snarling Recruitment Video Dax, and one as the Dax found by the ill-fated Bravo Company -- scruffy, bearded, bloodied, weary... yet ready to blast some bugs with a massive pulse rifle.

The Troopers 2 articles are based, to some extent, on a set visit and interviews conducted while Paul Verhoeven, director of the original Troopers film, was visiting the ST2 set at the Manhattan Beach Studios. As only a very brief mention is made of the actors or their characters in this issue, we assume the second part of the feature will focus more on the cast and their characters.

Cinefantastique ran an earlier one-page article on ST2 in its August/September 2003 issue, mentioning Richard as the lead.

Additional information and updates can be found at the CFQ website at http://www.cfq.com/

(Thanks to Arek for the heads up on the CFQ article, and to Deborah for the scans and magazine)



CFQ / Cinefantastique -- (Part II) April/May 2004 issue (Volume 36, #2, pp. 30-33) -- info at http://www.cfq.com/
Cinefantastique Magazine, April/May issue [22 May 04] *** Part II of Starship Troopers 2: Hero of the Federation article appears in April-May 2004 issue of Cinefantastique *** -- Science Fiction and Fantasy genre magazine Cinefantastique, now also known as CFQ, ran the second part of a two-part article on ST2 in its April/May issue (see cover at left). 

The four-page feature (pages 30-33) is titled "Struggle on Zulu Angel," and is also written by Jeff Bond.  The second installment is a more in-depth look at the production of ST2 and the hurdles faced by the production team. Jeff Bond describes the production as "unusual in more ways than one." Bond's article goes on to say:

"Headed by the original film's visual effects supervisor Phil Tippett (who's now directing the sequel), producer Jon Davison, and screenwriter Ed Neumeier, the Hero of the Federation creative team worked to create a story that concentrated the sprawling violence of the first film into a single, high-pressure location -- a lonely outpost on Zulu Angel, a storm swept planet where the first film's arachnids gained a murderous foothold.

'Ours is a little bit more cruel,' Tippett says of his new film. 'It's as if World War II trudged on into Korea and Vietnam, and the people actually fighting the war were starting to get wise to what was going on and to the people pulling the strings, so there's more of that in this picture.'"

Bond also gives some insight into the plight of the besieged Troopers:

"Despite its confined setting, Federation actually features more speaking parts than the first film, with more than 20 actors participating in the production as members of the 701st Mobile Infantry Brigade. After the besieged troopers take cover inside the 'coffee can' outpost, they discover that they face a bigger threat than the marauding arachnid warriors outside in the form of insidious new insects that infiltrate the human body."

Richard's Capt. Dax is shown in only one photo in this article -- locked away inside the outpost's disabled incinerator unit.

Additional information and updates can be found at the CFQ website at http://www.cfq.com/

(Thanks to Arek for the heads up on the CFQ article, and to Deborah for the scans and magazine)



Cinefex -- April 24th issue, #97 -- Q&A interview with Phil Tippett -- info at http://www.cinefex.com/
Cinefex #97  - article on Starship Troopers 2 [22 May 04] *** Cinefex issue #97 runs Q&A with ST2 director Phil Tippett *** -- Special Effects genre magazine Cinefex ran an in-depth Q&A-format interview with ST2 director Phil Tippett. The eight-page article (pages 15-22) is simply titled "Q&A Phil Tippett," by Joe Fordham. Tippett shared his approach to working with live actors in the following excerpt:

"How did you work with the actors? Have you done that before?

Not to this degree. My skill as an acting coach is absolutely nill. My general approach was to spend a tremendous amount of time hiring and interviewing people, because it's all about the casting, as they say. I also asked Jon Davison for three days of rehearsal. Jon's response was: 'You want to rehearse on this budget? I've never rehearsed anything!'

What, specifically, did you want to accomplish in the rehearsal period?

I wanted the performers to have some combat training. A Marine drill instructor spent a day with the actors, putting them in military mode. We spent another day working out action choreography; and we spent a day discussing what happens to a number of characters that become infected and turn into zombies. I wanted to get another coat of paint on that concept so it wouldn't be like The Night of the Living Dead or other films we've seen before. We wanted a different feeling, as though these characters had been hijacked against their will.

Beyond that, my directions to the actors were: 'You have carte blanche. You create the characters. It's here on the page. Ed wrote it; you run with it; I'll shoot it.' After that, it was just a matter of making adjustments in terms of timing and choreography."

Though Richard only makes a single appearance in the article, it is in a very impressive color photo showing Dax and some battle-bloodied Troopers watching the outpost's defenses fry a Warrior bug. 

Additional information and updates can be found at the Cinefex website at http://www.cfq.com/

(Thanks to Arek for the heads up on the CFQ article, and to Deborah for the scans and magazine)



Cinescape Magazine -- issue uncertain -- info at http://www.cinescape.com/

Fangoria Magazine -- April 15th issue, # 232 -- article by Marc Shapiro -- info at http://www.fangoria.com/
Starship Troopers 2 featured in Fangoria magazine [22 May 04] *** Starship Troopers 2: Hero of the Federation featured in Fangoria #232, May 2004 issue *** -- Starlog's sister publication, Fangoria, which focuses on the Science Fiction and Horror genres, also ran an article on ST2 (see cover at left). 

The six-page feature (pages 58-63) by Marc Shapiro is subtitled "More Bugs for Fewer Bucks." Based on interviews and a visit to the ST2 set, the article focuses on the challenges of producing an effects-heavy film on a miniscule budget. The interviews also delve into the background and setting of the story, which Marc Shapiro detailed in the following excerpt.

"Starship Troopers 2 takes place five years after the events of the first movie. The war with alien insects has continued, perhaps too long, and the bug fighters are becoming more than a bit war-weary. The story focuses on a small patrol who, after a heated battle with the many-legged hordes, find themselves at a deserted outpost. There they must hold their ground against an advancing enemy while waiting for a rescue ship to lift them off the godforsaken planet. What they do not count on are the new, terrifying powers of the creatures to infest and take over their bodies, with horrifying results. Who will survive becomes a Ten Little Indians question, and there is more than enough grue to go around.

'This is more of a horror movie than the first film,' says [Jon] Davison. 'This is sort of like our Alien to the first film's Aliens.' [Ed] Neumeier takes the comparison a step further: 'The first Starship Troopers was WWII. This one is the Korean War. You don't see the rah-rah and the patriotism of the first film. This is a bunch of burned-out grunts who have been fighting too long.'"

Additional information and updates can be found at the CFQ website at http://www.cfq.com/

(Thanks to Arek for the heads up on the CFQ article, and to Deborah for the scans and magazine)


Starlog Magazine  -- May issue, # 322 -- article by Bill Warren -- info at http://www.starlog.com/
Starlog issue #322 [22 May 04] *** Starlog article on Starship Troopers 2 focuses on director Phil Tippett *** -- Science Fiction and Fantasy genre magazine Starlog is also running an interview-based article on ST2 and director Phil Tippett in its May issue (see cover at left).  The five-page story (pages 36-40)  is titled "Bug Snatcher," and is written by Bill Warren. Tippett shares details of ST2's thematic genesis with Warren in the excerpt below:

STARLOG: The first Starship Troopers film originated from a Robert A. Heinlein novel, and this storyline has some similarities to Heinlein's Puppet Masters. Any connection?

TIPPETT: I never read Heinlein's The Puppet Masters and had forgotten that there was a movie version. Ed Neumeier and I certainly never discussed Puppet Masters. ST2 is a riff on the Pogo [comic strip] philosophy: "We have met the enemy and he is us." We always discussed ST2 more in terms of Invasion of the Body Snatchers with Bugs. I wanted to stay as far away as we could from the classic George Romero zombie film. We conceived of the infected people as being hijacked by the Bugs, and the human bodies are used as infiltrators and saboteurs. Just enough consciousness of their former beings are left intact to do the Bugs' bidding, thus making these folks possessed and hopefully adding an element of pathos and tragic humanity to the zombie genre. The Bugs use the strength and major attributes of the infected human husks -- one for her sexual predatory value, another for his technical skill, etc., in order to fulfill the Bugs' plan to eventually infect the human race."

When briefly discussing the actors and his directing philosophy, Tippett described Richard as "affable and a very funny man."

Richard's Captain Dax appears in three pictures: the target of Pvt. Soda's libidinous advances in the first; scruffy, bearded, bloodied, weary... yet ready to blast some bugs with a massive pulse rifle in the second; and clean-shaven, impeccably uniformed, and snarling as Recruitment Video Dax in the third.

Additional information and updates can be found at the CFQ website at http://www.cfq.com/

(Thanks to Arek for the heads up on the CFQ article, and to Deborah for the scans and magazine)


CG Channel website -- interviews with SFX supervisor Eric Leven and director Phil Tippett -- http://www.cgchannel.com/news/viewfeature.jsp?newsid=2139

DVD Video Magazyn (Poland) -- Volume 51/04

The Moviehole website can be found at http://www.moviehole.net.

Visit our Starship Troopers 2 guide page to see previous News items.
 
Richard Burgi as Captain Dax in Starship Troopers 2 Richard worked from May 14th through June 20th on the long-awaited Starship Troopers 2: Hero of the Federation, filming at Manhattan Beach Studios and on location in the Santa Clarita "canyon country" north of Los Angeles. He also made several follow-up visits to the Berkeley, California headquarters of Tippett Studio for additional post-production work during the final quarter of 2003. Richard plays Captain V.J. Dax, the hero mentioned in the film's title.

Starship Troopers 2: Hero of the Federation is produced by Jon Davison, with Phil Tippett directing. Tippett shot from a screenplay by Ed Neumeier, who also wrote the screenplay for the original Starship Troopers film. (All three worked on the first Starship Troopers, which was directed by Paul Verhoeven. Tippett's Tippett Studio produced the visual special effects for the first film, and is once again providing special effects for ST2).

When we -- and the besieged troopers -- first meet Captain Dax, he is the last man at an otherwise abandoned and desolate outpost on planet Zulu Angel. Disgraced and imprisoned in the outpost's incinerator for killing his commanding officer, he is somewhat the worse for wear -- dirty, torn, unshaven, and more than a little war-weary. When the rapacious arachnids threaten to once again overrun the makeshift defenses of the old outpost, Dax is called upon to rally the rag-tag band of Troopers to fend off the marauding Bugs. Unfortunately for Dax and the Troopers, the arachnids have other things in mind for the unsuspecting humans...

Additional information on "Starship Troopers 2 : Hero of the Federation" can be found at the Starship Troopers 2.net  website at http://www.starshiptroopers2.net. Starship Troopers 2.net works in association with Moviehole and Tippett Studio to provide the most up-to-date news and information on the project in general and with the RBFC to provide the latest news on Richard Burgi's involvement with the film.

Tippett Studio, Special Effects house responsible for the incredible special effects of the StarshipTroopers films, can be found at http://www.tippettstudio.com.

(Thanks to Kat and MJ for the heads up, to Richard for the confirmation, to Starship Troopers 2.net for the production information, and to Danny for the screengrabs).

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Encore and Action Channel logos [19 Feb 04]*** Starship Troopers 2: Hero of the Federation to premiere on Cable on the Encore Action Channel in April *** -- According to the latest update at www.starshiptroopers2.net, Starship Troopers 2 will premiere on the Encore Action Channel as part of the channel's Saturday Action Zone lineup. Look for ST2 to air on Saturday, April 24th at 10:00pm ET with an encore on Wednesday, April 28th at 10:00pm ET.

Encore Action is a part of the Starz Encore Group, and can be found on many Cable systems as part of the premium channel package. For additional information, visit the Starz! website at: http://www.starz.com/se/action/index.html

 



 
Starship Troopers 2 DVD cover [19 Feb 04] *** Starship Troopers 2 DVD release dates announced for various regions *** -- With the film set to premiere on the Encore Action Channel in late April, Columbia/Tristar has announced DVD release dates for Region 1, 2, and 4.

Region 1 (USA & Canada) -- June 1st
Region 2 (Europe, Middle East & Japan) -- April 19th
    * Poland (R2) -- June 29th
Region 4 (Australia) -- May 19th

Sony Pictures has decided to push the release date of the Starship Troopers 2 DVD back into the summer, with June 1st as the official "street date" for the DVD release in the USA. The film has been given an R rating by the MPAA.  While the reason for the push-back has not been announced, it certainly allows more time for a proper promotional effort. As mentioned above, the film is slated for an initial release on television, initially on the Encore Action Channel.  A theatrical release in foreign markets is still under consideration.

(Thanks to starshiptroopers2.net for the information)



[06 Feb 04] *** FOX Network to start airing 15-second Starship Troopers 2 trailer *** -- The 15-second ST2 trailer which premiered on the FX Channel during the recent FX DVD Awards Show will soon launch on the FOX Network to promote the film's release. The trailer is currently available as a Quicktime file at the www.starshiptroopers2.net website, or at the www.moviehole.net site. Richard appears in two scenes, first in a close-up where he can be heard saying "All personnel to the perimeter!" and shortly thereafter in a scene where he's standing at the left edge of the screen, firing a rifle at a Warrior bug as it pounces on some unfortunate Trooper.
Fifteen-second Starship Troopers trailer excerpts


[09 Feb 04] *** ST2 Trailer Update *** -- A new 1-minute theatrical-style trailer is now available at the www.starshiptroopers2.net website. The trailer is available in downloadable ZIP file format (recommended for repeat viewing). The new trailer features extended versions of the scenes shown in the 15-second version, along with new scenes and new graphics, and a colorful new Starship Troopers 2 logo.

(Thanks to starshiptroopers2.net for the information)

60 second ST2 trailer now available


** Scurrilous Commentary alert ** -- Contrary to some less than accurate (not to mention uncomplimentary) commentary recently posted to several sci-fi genre news websites, Starship Troopers 2 is intended to be released as a standalone DVD in most markets, not as part of a boxed set with the Troopers animated series. The decision to go straight to DVD was never indicative of the quality of the film, but rather made necessary by the constraints of the more modest production budget.


CFQ February-March '04 issue now available! [06 Feb 04] *** Starship Troopers 2: Hero of the Federation featured in February-March 2004 issue of Cinefantastique *** -- Science Fiction and Fantasy genre magazine Cinefantastique, now also known as CFQ, is running the first part of a two-part article on ST2 in its current issue (see cover at left). 

The six-page feature (pages 28-33) consists of two sections -- "Getting the Bugs Out," which focuses on director Phil Tippett and his experiences on the production, and "Triumph of the Kill," which delves into the philosophical background of the original Starship Troopers film. Both are written by Jeff Bond.

Though some of the photos will be familiar to ST2.net visitors, the selection of eye candy is bolstered with several new photos, including one of  the parasitized Sgt. Peck (J.P. Manoux) looking ghoulish, and one of  effects supervisor Eric Leven modeling an unlikely chapeau -- one of his new bug creations. 

Richard makes an appearance as the heroic Captain Dax in a pair of pictures -- one as the clean-shaven, impeccably uniformed, and snarling Recruitment Video Dax, and one as the Dax found by the ill-fated Bravo Company -- scruffy, bearded, bloodied, weary... yet ready to blast some bugs with a massive pulse rifle.

The Troopers 2 articles are based, to some extent, on a set visit and interviews conducted while Paul Verhoeven, director of the original Troopers film, was visiting the ST2 set at the Manhattan Beach Studios. As only a very brief mention is made of the actors or their characters in this issue, we assume the second part of the feature will focus more on the cast and their characters.

Cinefantastique ran an earlier one-page article on ST2 in its August/September 2003 issue, mentioning Richard as the lead.

Additional information and updates can be found at the CFQ website at http://www.cfq.com/

(Thanks to Arek for the heads up on the CFQ article, and to Deborah for the scans and magazine)



** Additional articles, print and online ** -- With the release date for Troopers 2 approaching, articles and interviews are beginning to appear in the various sci-fi and fantasy genre publications. Most prominent, and recent, are:

CFQ / Cinefantastique -- February/March 2004 issue, Volume 36, #1, pp. 28-33) -- info at http://www.cfq.com/

Cinefex -- April 24th issue, #97 -- Q&A interview with Phil Tippett -- info at http://www.cinefex.com/

Cinescape Magazine -- issue uncertain -- info at http://www.cinescape.com/

Fangoria Magazine -- April 15th issue, # 232 -- article by Billy Bond -- info at http://www.fangoria.com/

Starlog Magazine  -- (may appear in Fangoria) -- article by Billy Bond -- info at http://www.starlog.com/

CG Channel website -- interviews with SFX supervisor Eric Leven and director Phil Tippett -- http://www.cgchannel.com/news/viewfeature.jsp?newsid=2139

DVD Video Magazyn (Poland) -- Volume 51/04

Additional information on "Starship Troopers 2 : Hero of the Federation" can be found at the Starship Troopers 2.net  website at http://www.starshiptroopers2.net. Starship Troopers 2.net works in association with Moviehole and Tippett Studio to provide the most up-to-date news and information on the project in general and with the RBFC to provide the latest news on Richard Burgi's involvement with the film.

The Moviehole website can be found at http://www.moviehole.net.

Tippett Studio, Special Effects house responsible for the incredible special effects of the StarshipTroopers films, can be found at http://www.tippettstudio.com.

Visit our Starship Troopers 2 guide page to see previous News items.
 
RB as Captain Dax, Hero of the Federation of STARSHIP TROOPERS 2

(Top) Richard Burgi as Captain Dax: Hero of the Federation of STARSHIP TROOPERS 2. (Bottom) Richard Burgi stars as Captain Dax in STARSHIP TROOPERS 2
(Photos courtesy of Tippett Studios and www.starshiptroopers2.net, Copyright © 2003 StarTroop Pictures Inc. Photos by Paul M. Sammon)


 Richard worked from May 14th through June 20th on the long-awaited Starship Troopers 2: Hero of the Federation, filming at Manhattan Beach Studios and on location in the Santa Clarita "canyon country" north of Los Angeles. He also made several follow-up visits to the Berkeley, California headquarters of Tippett Studios for additional post-production work during the final quarter of 2003. Richard plays Captain Dax, the hero mentioned in the film's title.

Starship Troopers 2: Hero of the Federation is produced by Jon Davison, with Phil Tippett directing. Tippett shot from a screenplay by Ed Neumeier, who also wrote the screenplay for the original Starship Troopers film. (All three worked on the first Starship Troopers, which was directed by Paul Verhoeven. Tippett's Tippett Studios produced the visual special effects for the first film, and is once again providing special effects for ST2).

When we -- and the besieged troopers -- first meet Captain Dax, he is the last man standing at an otherwise abandoned and desolate outpost on planet Zulu Angel. He is somewhat the worse for wear -- dirty, torn, unshaven, and more than a little war-weary. When the rapacious arachnids threaten to once again overrun the makeshift defenses of the old outpost, Dax must rally the rag-tag band of Troopers to fend off the marauding Bugs. Unfortunately for Dax and the Troopers, the arachnids have other things in mind for the unsuspecting humans...

(Thanks to Kat and MJ for the heads up, to Richard for the confirmation, and to Starship Troopers 2.net for the production information and images).

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RB as Captain Dax, Hero of the Federation of STARSHIP TROOPERS 2

(Top) Richard Burgi as Captain Dax: Hero of the Federation of STARSHIP TROOPERS 2. (Bottom) Richard Burgi stars as Captain Dax in STARSHIP TROOPERS 2
(Photos courtesy of Tippett Studios and www.starshiptroopers2.net, Copyright © 2003 StarTroop Pictures Inc. Photos by Paul M. Sammon)


[10 Dec 03] *** Starship Troopers 2: Hero of the Federation to premiere in cinemas in Europe in March 2004 *** -- Though Troopers 2 is presumably locked into a straight-to-DVD release in the USA, Sony Pictures has decided to premiere ST2 in cinemas across Europe.

[19 Sep 03] ***UPDATE: Starship Troopers 2: Hero of the Federation moving along the post-production pipeline towards current release date in March 2004*** -- Richard has been working periodically on post-production aspects of Starship Troopers 2 at Tippett Studio, where the bulk of the visual effects production is taking place. At present, expect to catch Richard as Captain Dax, Hero of the Federation of  Starship Troopers 2, when the movie hits the shelves at DVD retailers in March '04.

Also look out for the August/September issue of Sci-Fi genre magazine Cinefantastique, which has a one-page article on Starship Troopers 2: Hero of the Federation (which mentions Richard as the lead).

 Richard worked from May 14th through June 20th on the long-awaited Starship Troopers 2: Hero of the Federation, filming at Manhattan Beach Studios and on location in the Santa Clarita "canyon country" north of Los Angeles. Richard plays Captain Dax, the hero mentioned in the film's title.

Starship Troopers 2: Hero of the Federation is produced by Jon Davison, with Phil Tippett directing. Tippett shot from a screenplay by Ed Neumeier, who also wrote the screenplay for the original Starship Troopers film. (All three worked on the first Starship Troopers, which was directed by Paul Verhoeven. Tippett's Tippett Studios produced the visual special effects for the first film, and is once again providing special effects for ST2).

When we -- and the besieged troopers -- first meet Captain Dax, he is the last man standing at an otherwise abandoned and desolate outpost on planet Zulu Angel. He is somewhat the worse for wear -- dirty, torn, unshaven, and more than a little war-weary. When the rapacious arachnids threaten to once again overrun the makeshift defenses of the old outpost, Dax must rally the rag-tag band of Troopers to fend off the marauding Bugs. Unfortunately for Dax and the Troopers, the arachnids have other things in mind for the unsuspecting humans...

Additional information on "Starship Troopers 2 : Hero of the Federation"can be found at the Starship Troopers 2.net  website at http://www.starshiptroopers2.net. Starship Troopers 2.net will work in association with Moviehole to provide the most up-to-date news and information on the project in general and will work with the RBFC to provide the latest news on Richard Burgi's involvement with the film.

The Moviehole website can be found at http://www.moviehole.net.

Tippett Studio, Special Effects house responsible for the incredible special effects of the StarshipTroopers films, can be found at http://www.tippettstudio.com.

(Thanks to Kat and MJ for the heads up, to Richard for the confirmation, and to Starship Troopers 2.net for the production information and images).



[07 Aug 03] ***UPDATE: Release date for Starship Troopers 2: Hero of the Federation announced *** -- Catch Richard as Captain Dax, Hero of the Federation of Starship Troopers 2, when the film hits DVD retailers in March 2004!

Also look out for the August/September issue of Sci-Fi genre magazine Cinefantastique, which has a one-page article on Starship Troopers 2: Hero of the Federation (which mentions Richard as the lead).

[11 Jul 03] *** Richard completes principal photography on Lead role in Starship Troopers sequel *** -- Richard worked from May 14th through June 20th on the long-awaited Starship Troopers 2: Hero of the Federation, filming at Manhattan Beach Studios and on location in the Santa Clarita "canyon country" north of Los Angeles. Richard plays Captain Dax, the hero mentioned in the film's title.

Starship Troopers 2: Hero of the Federation is produced by Jon Davison, with Phil Tippett directing. Tippett is shooting from a screenplay by Ed Neumeier, who also wrote the screenplay for the original Starship Troopers film. (All three worked on the first Starship Troopers, which was directed by Paul Verhoeven. Tippett's Tippett Studios produced the visual special effects for the first film, and is once again providing special effects for ST2).

When we -- and the besieged troopers -- first meet Captain Dax, he is the last man standing at an otherwise abandoned and desolate outpost on planet Zulu Angel. He is somewhat the worse for wear -- dirty, torn, unshaven, and more than a little war-weary. When the rapacious arachnids threaten to once again overrun the makeshift defenses of the old outpost, Dax must rally the rag-tag band of Troopers to fend off the marauding Bugs. Unfortunately for Dax and the Troopers, the arachnids have other things in mind for the unsuspecting humans...

Screenwriter Ed Neumeier discussed his script for the new Starship Troopers film in an interview with Moviehole: Movie News & Reviews (http://www.moviehole.net/). "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. 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."

Richard Burgi plays Captain Dax in Starship Troopers 2



(Top) Marauding Arachnids watch the fleeing remains of Bravo Six Company. (Middle) Dax (Richard Burgi) stands firm against marauding "Bugs" in STARSHIP TROOPERS 2. (Bottom) Captain Dax (Richard Burgi)questions a grieving Private Sandee (Sandrine Holt) in STARSHIP TROOPERS 2: HERO OF THE FEDERATION
(Photos courtesy of Tippett Studios and www.starshiptroopers2.net, Copyright © 2003 StarTroop Pictures Inc. Photos by Paul M. Sammon)

Including Richard, the cast of "Starship Troopers 2" consists of:

Richard Burgi.......................Captain Dax
Colleen Porch...................Pvt. Lei Sahara
Ed Quinn............................Pvt. Joe Griff
Drew Powell...................Pvt. Kipper Tor
Ed Lauter............General J. G. Shepherd
Kelly Carlson...............Pvt. Charlie Soda
Cy Carter........................Pvt. Billie Otter
Brenda Strong................Sgt. Dede Rake
Lawrence Monoson..........Lt. Pavlov Dill
Jason-Shane Scott.........Pvt. Duff Horton
Sandrine Holt...................Pvt. Jill Sandee
J.P. Manoux....................T/Sgt. Ari Peck
Bill Brown........................Pvt. Otis Brick
Brian Tee..........................Cpl. Thom Liu
David Wells...............Recruiting Sergeant
Oliver Keller...........................Trooper #2

The film is currently expected to be released in 2004 ( http://www.lightsoutentertainment.com/movies/film.php?950 ) and is being shot in High Definition video, which will give the producers the option of a possible theatrical release as well as the officially-stated direct-to-DVD release.

Additional information on "Starship Troopers 2 : Hero of the Federation" can be found at the Starship Troopers 2.net  website at http://www.starshiptroopers2.net. Starship Troopers 2.net will work in association with Moviehole to provide the most up-to-date news and information on the project in general and will work with the RBFC to provide the latest news on Richard Burgi's involvement with the film.

The Moviehole website can be found at http://www.moviehole.net.

Tippett Studio, Special Effects house responsible for the incredible special effects of the StarshipTroopers films, can be found at http://www.tippettstudio.com.

(Thanks to Kat and MJ for the heads up, to Richard for the confirmation, and to Starship Troopers 2.net for the production information and images).



[21 May 03] *** Richard lands Lead role in "Starship Troopers" sequel *** -- Richard is playing the part of Dax, a "tough trooper," in the Jon Davison produced, Phil Tippett directed "Starship Troopers 2: Hero of the Federation." Dax is, we assume, the aforementioned "Hero" who leads a team of stalwart troopers in their defense of an abandoned outpost besieged by the movie's trademark "arachnids" -- truly nasty bugs with dark and dire designs on Dax's troops.
Starship Troopers 2 announcement banner
Principal photography on the film started on May 15th at the Manhattan Beach Studios in Los Angeles, California, with additional location filming taking place in the Greater Los Angeles area. Tippett is shooting from a screenplay by Ed Neumeier, who also wrote the screenplay for the original "Starship Troopers" film.

Joining Richard in "Starship Troopers 2" are Billy Brown, Kelly Carlson, Cy Carter, Sandrine Holt, Ed Lauter, J.P. Manoux, Lawrence Monoson, Colleen Porch, Drew Powel, Ed Quinn, Jason-Shane Scott, and Brenda Strong.

Screenwriter Ed Neumeier discussed his script for the new Starship Troopers film in an interview with Moviehole: Movie News & Reviews (http://www.moviehole.net/). "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. 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."

The film is currently expected to be released in 2004 ( http://www.lightsoutentertainment.com/movies/film.php?950 ) and is being shot in High Definition video, which will give the producers the option of a possible theatrical release as well as the officially-stated direct-to-DVD release.

Additional information on "Starship Troopers 2 : Hero of the Federation" can be found at the fan-run Starship Troopers 2.net  website at http://www.starshiptroopers2.net. Starship Troopers 2.net will work in association with Moviehole to provide the most up-to-date news and information on the project in general and will work with the RBFC to provide the latest news on Richard Burgi's involvement with the film.

(Thanks to Kat and MJ for the heads up, to Richard for the confirmation, and to Starship Troopers 2.net for the production information).



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