When the guys from RiffTrax, the movie mocking trio of Michael Nelson, Kevin Murphy, and Bill Corbett of Mystery Science Theater 3000 fame, started a Kickstarter campaign with the aim of securing the rights to do a live riff of “Twilight”, it quickly got fully funded and well beyond, eventually raking in over $250,000. But inside that was always the question of whether Summit entertainment would even allow their cash cow to be licensed. This week we learned that answer as RiffTrax announced to Kickstarter backers that they had been unable to secure rights to riff “Twilight” at this time. True to their word, however, they did manage to snag another high profile movie for August’s RiffTrax Live show, “Starship Troopers.”
The 1997 stinker starring Casper Van Diem, Dina Meyer, and a pre-Charlie Sheen Denise Richards as bug fighting military personnel has long been a cult favorite for its over the top acting and cartoonish caricature characters. Calling it “…not even really a Plan B, we consider it more of a Plan A-1.5, Subsection C”, RiffTrax seems really excited about the possibilities offered by “Starship Troopers.”
More exciting for fans is the relationship it built. “Starship Troopers” is owned by Sony which, to quote the RiffTrax Kickstarter e-mail, “they’ve got shelves and shelves of fun, famous movies we’d love to sink our teeth into, and we can’t wait to see what doors this opens in the future.”
The RiffTrax Live performance of “Starship Troopers” will take place on Thursday, August 15th at Nashville’s own Belcourt Theatre and will be cinecast live across the country. Tickets for all RiffTrax Live performances at The Belcourt always sell out really quickly and demand is expected to be even higher for this one. The e-mail to Kickstarter supporters stated they have worked out a deal for Kickstarter backers to get first access to purchase tickets.
While the rights to live riff “Starship Troopers” have been secured, the rights to digitally distribute copies of the live riff to Kickstarter supporters have not thus far. Negotiations are ongoing and it is still possible that the digital download Kickstarter reward will be available but the e-mail promises if it isn’t that “…we will of course offer up what we hope is a reward that is more than a fair substitute. You will be kept in the loop as this develops, and we may even run ideas by you if we’re forced to choose a new reward.”
What do you think? Are you excited by the RiffTrax presentation of “Starship Troopers?” Do you plan to attend in person or catch it on cinecast? Let us know in the comments section.