Just over a week ago, fans of Super Troopers received the exciting news that the film’s production crew, Broken Lizard, launched a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo to raise only $2 million for the upcoming sequel. Now, thanks to nearly 34,000 backers, the project has surpassed $3.2 million with nearly a three weeks left on the platform.
The production company announced the highly anticipated sequel just 14 years after the first film’s release at the 2001 Sundance Festival. The crew revealed that the movie would only be made IF the Indiegogo campaign completely raised $2 million. Within only a couple of hours, the project raised $1.3 million and then on day two was completely funded.
Explaining why they are “still going” after capturing well over the initial goal, the Broken Lizard’s crew penned a special letter for everyone:
“Dear Bearded Fish,
We’re now into Week 2 of our campaign, and we’ve got a lot more planned. We want this whole thing to be as fun for you as it is for us, so over the next week we’ll share more plans and we’ll keep checking in on Farva.
But before that we want to express our gratitude. Thanks to you, we passed our $2 million minimum goal in the first day, and after just a week, we’ve passed $3 million. Thank you, thank you, thank you. You’re like a pack of untamed Kräken.
The media coverage has been great: we’ve done interviews, morning shows, podcasts, ribbon-cutting-ceremonies, exorcisms, and even became honorary Chieftains of small tribal villages (although, that was because the Ha’kua’gaj tribe of the rain forest started an Indiegogo campaign of their own, and we paid 45K for that perk). But we can’t stop yet, because now comes the hard part.
We said all along: $2 million was the bare minimum we needed, and you helped us get it. But how good the movie gets? That’s still up to you.”
Revealing new campaign perks, the crew shared:
“If we top out at $3 million [which they did], it will give us the small, backpack wearing 9-year-old running through the streets of Tokyo version of ST2… but if we can raise five million or seven or ten? That gets us the Godzilla-demolishing-buildings-while-grabbing-military-helicopters-out-of-the-air-and-still-chasing-the-9-year-old-in-the-back-pack size version! But then you do a double take and you see that it’s not Godzilla… it’s a large Farva and he dunks the 9-year-old into a literacola and swallows him whole!!! We think you deserve the large, rubble-making, Farva.
But making movies isn’t cheap, and making movies with car chases and shootouts and bearf**king isn’t either. To put things in perspective:
- CHASE SCENES: At $3 million, we can have a car chase, but it might be one car chasing a turtle. If we raise $10 million, we can crash all of our police hummers and t-bone an 18-wheeler at the same time.
- BEARF**KING: At $3 million, we can have sex with a styrofoam bear. At $10 million we’re getting Eyes Wide Shut with a polar bear, grizzly bear and Koala bear and let’s just say, everyone is bear-y satisfied.
- VILLAINS: At $3 million, our bad guy will be Lenny Lemur. (Who? Exactly.) At $10 million, we will dig up Clark Gable, re-animate him and have him say “Frankly, Officer Farva, I don’t give a damn,” and Farva will kick him in the nuts and go through his pockets looking for loose change.
You get the idea.
We’ve got big plans for Super Troopers 2, including an opening scene that we think tops the first movie; a huge shoot-out that we had to cut from the first movie because of budget; and, yes, a scene with stinger missiles. We also really do want live bears but we can’t tell you why.
This is why we’re not done yet.”
Since raising $3 million, the crew stated:
“To thank you for getting us over $3M, we’re upgrading the Behind the Scenes Access perk: instead of just getting a bunch of tweets and videos and updates from us, we’ll bring in a dedicated on-set social media individual to create content all the time, read your message and tell us what you want. This person will make us dance like accordion monkeys, just for you. It’ll be just like being on set with us, only you won’t have to deal with the hot breath.
At $4M, we’ll be able to create a doc about the road to ST2, the crowdfunding experience and more. We’ll use footage from the last 10 years, new footage from set and the advance screenings, plus videos that you make and send in. Yup: you can be in it! We’ll include it in the DVD/download and we’ll do a live online screening, so you can see how good we made you look.”
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