The behind-the-scenes Tumblr has been previewing the mecha for Shinji Aramaki's (2004 CG Appleseed, its 2007 follow-up Appleseed Ex Machina, and Halo Legends) upcoming anime feature spin-off to the Paul Verhoeven adaptation of Robert Heinlein's Starship Troopers. Today, it debuted a first look at the feature's character CG.
From the post:
The story for our film is not focused on just one main character but rather a journey with an ensemble cast of Roughnecks fighting against the bugs. It was essential to us to add some diversity in order to create an interesting dynamic between familiar characters and some that are brand new to the ST universe. At times, it may resemble some of the old war movies we all grew up on, but if that’s the sacrifice to get to grittier characters and a heavier story – then so be it.
The story centers around 2 teams of Roughnecks: the Alpha 1 team embarking on a mission to rescue Fort Casey and the K-12 team already stationed at Fort Casey. The two war-depleted squads must band together with a common objective, but personalities and ambition ensure a bumpy ride.
Flint came up with a variety of characters and story elements that will harken back to the archetypes ubiquitous in your favorite Sci-Fi, War, and Action/Adventure movies. We have an old loyal lieutenant, a quiet gladiator-type hero, a not-so-smart but straight-forward meathead, a creepy unlucky guy, a grim explosives expert, a Zen religious master, a handsome womanizer, a psychic horny scout, a hot girl sniper, a tough beautiful single mom, and so on — along with some returning characters. Safe to say, it will get dicey!
There is one character who will be at the center: Major Henry Varro, nickname Hero. He was the commander of the K-12 team at Fort Casey, but he is arrested for insubordination by Dr Carl Jenkins. He is a prisoner on the ship Alesia as he is being transported to Earth for court marshal. While it’s not immediately apparent why he’s perceived as a threat, we do know that he retains the respect and admiration of all those that served under him. His experience, in combination with the undying trust of the troopers, is an asset the Federation won’t be able to survive without indefinitely…
Flint Dille (Transformers, An American Tail: Fievel Goes West, The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay) will script the movie with Joseph Chou (Appleseed Ex Machina) producing. Star of the Verhoeven movie, Casper Van Diem, is an executive producer. Sony is planning a Summer 2012 release.