I admire the pluck of the Starship Troopers franchise. Most films that are destined for the DVD bin have an aura of shame about them -- you rarely see Steven Seagal out granting interviews for his latest straight-to-DVD action movie or any significant extras on the disc for such a movie -- but one glimpse at the website for Starship Troopers: Marauder gives the impression of a well-oiled machine that's catering to a fan base and has excited and interested people behind it. There are all kinds of interviews, production and fan art and sketches, news updates, cast biographies and other things for you to sample. Also, the names behind this thing aren't anything to sneeze at either: the movie marks the directing debut of Edward Neumeier, writer of Robocop and Verhoeven's original Starship Troopers, and it will star Starship's Casper Van Dien and Jolene Blalock, so I'm officially declaring this movie to be worth a viewing.

The new photos on the site (which I first noticed via Moviehole) are pretty thin -- the main one is a closeup of Van Dien in his traditional headgear, which is an entirely unremarkable image at this point. There's also a big pod that seems to have crash-landed in the desert -- the caption calls it a rescue pod -- as well as a photo of Jolene Blalock aiming some kind of giant gun at the camera and my favorite, a candid 'behind the scenes' style photo of the director doing his job on the set, which is great because it sells the fact that they are going to market this thing like a $100 million movie whether it is or not. If they could only find some way to bring back Dina Meyer, I'd be close to putting this on my must-see list for 2008.