Though Indiegogo and Kickstarter are typically known for heavily funded inventions that never come to fruition, Broken Lizard surfaced and changed the game. In March of 2015, the comedic team showed up on Indiegogo seeking funds. If you've kept up to date on Broken Lizard's track record, you know they've somewhat struggled since 2001. After the surprise hit Super Troopers, the group went on to make Club Dread. A slasher parody taking place at a tropical resort, it failed to impress. But fans were forgiving, waiting to see what else would come next.
Chandrasekhar broke ranks temporarily to direct The Dukes of Hazzard for Warner Bros. Besides providing roles for his fellow Broken Lizard members, the film also landed the group a production deal with the studio. This deal would allow for Beerfest and The Slammin' Salmon. Both of which were pretty terrible.
Now a financial risk for any studio, Broken Lizard showed up on Indiegogo requesting $2 million. No, they weren't seeking a handout. They were hoping to attempt a Super Troopers sequel. Going back to what made them famous, the campaign was a hit and was 210% funded, or $4,574,413, by the time it wrapped.
According to the campaign, the extra funds allowed for live bears to be on set. That's it? Seems like little benefit considering the extra skrilla. The campaign fell just short of a "Kickass Chase Scene" ($4.75M) and the return of Brian Cox as Captain O'Hagan. Cox said he'd return only if they raised $5 million.
Super Troopers 2 Proves It's Currently Filming
The first bit of good news is that it looks like Brian Cox will be returning after all. He is the top listed credit on IMDB at the moment. But there is even better news than that. For those who were afraid Broken Lizard might just walk off into the sunset with the funds, we've been given a confirmation out of Facebook.
As proof that Super Troopers 2 is definitely filming, the production crew posted a photo of a clapperboard with today's date. Is that enough to get us excited? Though we should know better, yes it does. Learning a lesson from Dumb and Dumber To and Zoolander 2, we've now know that some classic comedies aren't made for sequels. Can Broken Lizard break the curse? Their filmography does not exactly instill confidence, but we must remain hopeful.
Now if we can only get that Sesame Lock (Kickstarter) or Birdi Smoke Detector (Indiegogo) we ordered way back. That would be a nice surprise.