It’s been almost 15 years since the five Super Troopers graced the big screen in a display of hilarious cop antics, the likes of which hadn’t been seen since the days of Police Academy. We already knew a sequel was coming, and now Broken Lizard, the comedy troupe behind it, has (of course) launched a crowdfunding campaign which is already close to achieving its $2 million goal — in one day.
At the time of this writing, the campaign had already raised more than $1.8 million from over 16,000 people on Indiegogo. That’s in less than 24 hours! Contribution rewards range from behind-the-scenes access, a digital script and a digital download, all the way up to gear from the set, including the patrol car used in the film. And believe it or not, that all-in $35,000 package is already sold out.
Looks like 14 years later, there’s still plenty of love for the Super Troopers.
All five actors will return to reprise their roles as goofy Vermont troopers, including Jay Chandrasekhar, Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme, Paul Soter, and Erik Stolhanske.
Chandrasekhar has confirmed that Fox Searchlight will release the film, but only if Broken Lizard can raise the money to fund the project. He joked last October when the news was confirmed that the group might turn to Kickstarter to supplement the funds for the project. While they didn’t follow through with that site, the campaign on rival crowdfunding site Indiegogo seems to be doing just fine.
Chandrasekhar had originally noted a total required budget of $27 million for the project. Once they inevitably close the $2 million, which seems to be the last bit of monies needed, pre-production is set to begin immediately following, in May.
As the video says, “The script is written, and the mustaches are thick, and furry…” If the Troopers hit their goal, they’ll even let Farva out of the trunk.
As reported by Variety, the flick will pick up where the quintet left off, but fast forward a few years. Chandrasekhar promises that the opening scene in this one will be even more hilarious than the opening scene of the first, which included he and Stolhan, a traffic stop, and a bunch of stoners. That was a sure formula for comedy gold. And if they can top that….can’t wait.
Sequels long after a first flick has been released can certainly work, particularly in the comedy genre. Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels proved that with the recent release – and success – of the Dumb and Dumber sequel, Dumb and Dumber To, which came out a full 20 years after the first flick.
All that’s left to do meow is wait.