With a 17 year gap occurring between installments, fans of the 2001 classic Super Troopers can rest easy knowing they have a sequel on the way. Created by the Broken Lizard comedy team, the small $1.2m budget title would go onto score a cult following by showcasing many memorable scenes and quotes that are still relived to this day.
One of the cast members Steve Lemme would be an influential member behind and in front of the camera, playing prankster Trooper MacIntyre 'Mac' Womack and helping to write the screenplay. As he discussed the plans for Super Troopers 2 with Seven Days, he would detail how a real life boys trip to Canada would inspire the opening scene of the first romp.
RV Joint Bust Saved By Canadian Generosity
It did not take long for Super Troopers to establish itself as a wild comedy. Busting a group of drug-enduced travelers on the freeway, Lemme explained how the actual event happened when he left for a road trip up North.
"We rented an RV and decided to go into Canada to experience all the delights of Québec," he recalled. "And what happened was, the Canadian border guard saw a joint on the dashboard of the RV. And he asked everyone whose joint it was and no one wanted to take credit for that. So he asked everyone to file off the RV. And there were mushrooms. So, one guy was holding all of the mushrooms for the entire bachelor party, like, 12 doses of mushrooms. And he got so freaked out that he ate all of the mushrooms in the back of the RV."
While the movie edition would go onto all manner of shenanigans, Lemme said that he and his friends were saved by one sympathetic Canadian.
"And he got so freaked out that he ate all of the mushrooms in the back of the RV," Lemme continued. "We were put in a holding cell on the Canadian side of the border. We were there for about four hours. And this poor kid's eyes are just black, his pupils are so dilated. So, finally, his big brother, seeing how messed up this kid was, he admitted to the border guards that it was his joint. So they said, 'Well, you're going to have to turn around, head back home and you're not allowed in Canada for seven years, eh.'"
ST2 Scores Apt Release Date
In keeping with the sense of humor from the show, Fox Searchlight Pictures would give Super Troopers 2 a release date of April 20, 2018. Seeing a swarm of stoners enter the theaters on 4.20, Lemme said that the pre-screenings have been better than anything he has seen before.
"It's going to be our widest release. And it's testing better than any movie we've tested. It came out fantastic."
Given such a gap between titles, will the sequel aim to fill in the gaps?
"Well, we do all have cellphones in this movie," he replied. "But otherwise, it seems like time has stood still for these state troopers. Which is good, because we didn't really want to answer the question of where these guys have been for the last 15 years — although we do answer it."
Source: Seven Days