Super Troopers 2, funded on Indiegogo 15 years after the original, began filming in Boston Wednesday.
The sequel to the 2001 cult classic Super Troopers, the new film features the original Broken Lizard lineup. Jay Chandrasekhar, Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme, Paul Soter and Erik Stolhanske are back on board as writers and stars, and Chandrasekhar is directing once again. In order to get funding for the project, the team turned to crowdfunding. The film’s Indiegogo campaign had a $2M goal. At the end of 30 days, fans had pledged more than $4.4M.
At the time of this publishing, the total is inching closer to $4.6M, with promises of a “Kicka*s chase scene” once the total hits $4.75 million raised.The Broken Lizard guys have hit most of their stretch goals for the project. As the dollars began racking up, they included extra perks for fans donating. More than 50 thousand fans have donated so far, unlocking all kinds of goodies for Super Troopers 2. So far, contributors have unlocked a documentary about the making of ST2, extra posters and shirts, and live bears on the set. That’s right, live bears for the boy’s shenanigans.
A Sequel 15 Years in the Making
Super Troopers released in 2002 after being bought by Fox Searchlight for $2.5M. The film grossed over $18M domestically. With fifteen years of fans watching on home video, the internet, and (heavily-censored) TV broadcasts, the Broken Lizard guys should more than make the Indiegogo money back.
The only missing piece of the Super Troopers 2 puzzle is actor Brian Cox. Cox portrayed the irascible Captain O’Hagan, leader of the badly-behaved Vermont state troopers. Cox has promised the Broken Lizard guys he’ll return for ST2 if they can raise $5M on Indiegogo – the campaign’s final stretch goal. So, my snozzberry-tasting, Farva-bashing, maple-syrup chugging Super Troopers fans, what are you waiting for?