If you were around at all in the early 2000’s, then it’s likely you heard more than a couple of teenagers recite lines from the 2001 comedy movie Super Troopers, created by and starring the Broken Lizard comedy troupe. The film, which was made on a budget of only $1 million, managed to gross over $23 million in theaters, and though only a modest critical success it garnered a cult following pretty quickly. While rumors have circulated about a sequel of some kind since the original became a hit on DVD, nothing’s ever come of it.
That is, until now.
According to Variety, Broken Lizard launched a successful crowdfunding campaign that reached its goal of $2 million within only two days, and the film is expected to go in front of cameras this summer. According to the report, Fox Searchlight Picturs has agreed to distribute the film on the condition that the crowdfunding goal was met, and since it was — and then some — the film will happen. It will reunite the original film’s cast and Broken Lizard troupe members Jay Chandrasekhar, Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme, Paul Soter and Erik Stolhanske.
The original film primarily followed a group of five Vermont Highway Patrolmen as they use their power to fuel their own laughter, pulling pranks on citizens of the small town instead of actually tending to their law enforcement duties. When a group of serious crimes — including murder and drug smuggling — fall into their laps, they have to actually try and solve the cases in order to prove that their department should stick around as the threat of budget cuts loom. The original film also starred Brian Cox and the late Daniel von Bargen, who played the head of the Super Troopers’ commander and the town’s police chief, respectively.
Time will tell just how much people will choose to donate to the crowdfunding campaign since it’s slated to go for about four more weeks, but either way, Super Troopers 2 will be coming down the pike soon.
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