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Broken Lizard, the cult comedy troupe responsible for Club Dread and Beerfest, will be making a sequel to their beloved Super Troopers. Variety reports that Broken Lizard’s Indiegogo campaign not only surpassed its $2 million goal, it earned a whopping $4.4 million, usurping Zach Braff’s Wish I Was Here as the second-most successful crowdsourced film campaign ever, behind Veronica Mars, which made $5.7 million. Desperation may be a stinky cologne, but crowdsourcing is totally legit. As an incentive for donations, the troupe released its first film, Tin Foil Monkey Agenda, exclusively to contributors. The original Super Troopers, made for a miniscule $1.2 million in 2001, earned $23 million at the box office. It depicts the misadventures of a handful of inept (but utterly lovable) Vermont state troopers, who spend their time filling lockers with shaving cream and eating maple syrup. The original five dopey Vermont state troopers — Jay Chandrasekhar, »
- Greg Cwik
The Indiegogo campaign, funded by over 50,000 contributors, ended at midnight Friday with 77% of the $5.7 million record for crowdfunding for a film, set in by the “Veronica Mars” movie on Kickstarter in 2013. It raised 42% more than the $3.1 million for Zach Braff’s “Wish I Was Here,” which had been the second-largest crowdfunding effort until earlier this month when the Alan Tudyk-Nathan Fillion project “Con Man” raised $3.16 million.
The “Super Troopers” met the initial goal of $2 million in 26 hours, assuring that the sequel will go into production this summer, 14 years after the original “Super Troopers” was released. Fox Searchlight had agreed to release the sequel if the $2 million goal was met.
Perks offered as incentives that were sold on the first »
- Dave McNary
As of 5 p.m. Pdt, the Indiegogo campaign had taken in $2.14 million — thus assuring that the sequel will go into production this summer, 14 years after the original “Super Troopers” was released. The troupe said that Fox Searchlight had agreed to release the sequel if the $2 million goal was met.
The 30-day campaign could eclipse the $5.7 million record for crowdfunding for a film, set by the “Veronica Mars” movie on Kickstarter.
“Super Troopers 2″ reunites all five Troopers from the original film — Jay Chandrasekhar, Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme, Paul Soter and Erik Stolhanske. The quintet play goofy Vermont state troopers with a penchant for pranks.
Pre-production on the film will begin in May, with principal photography starting this summer in the Northeast.
The campaign site said »
- Dave McNary
The time is meow! Super Troopers 2 could finally become a reality thanks to an IndieGoGo campaign which launched a few hours ago. The Broken Lizard crew are looking for at least $2 million, but would prefer more. According to the team, if they don’t reach the $2 million mark, then Super Troopers 2 won’t get made.
“We’ve been waiting for years to do this, and meow the time has come,” they write on their IndieGoGo page. “Our mustaches are thick, furry, and authoritative. The script is written and we’re getting all antsy in our pantsy to start shooting. There’s just one problem: While the studio has given us permission to make the sequel, and agreed to distribute it (at least in the USA and Canada), we need to fund the movie ourselves.”
“We’ve got some big stuff in the script, and if we’re able to raise enough money, »
- Luke Owen
“Super Troopers 2″ re-unites all five Troopers from the original film — Jay Chandrasekhar, Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme, Paul Soter, Erik Stolhanske. The quintet played goofy Vermont state troopers with a penchant for pranks who were suddenly forced to solve a murder and bust a drug-smuggling ring. Brian Cox played their commander.
“We finally have the chance to make ‘Super Troopers 2,'” said Chandrasekhar. “But since we refused to write a sequel where the highway cops have morphed into super hero-vampires, Fox Searchlight proposed the following deal: They’ll release the film, but we have to raise all of the money. So we’ve turned to Indiegogo and our fans to prove that it’s finally time for ‘Super Troopers 2′ to get made. »
- Dave McNary
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