More than 14 years ago, strange low-budget comedy “Super Troopers” premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. The movie, which followed a group of ne’er-do-well Vermont state troopers, was made by a comedy troupe called Broken Lizard and directed by one of its members, Jay Chandrasekhar.
“Super Troopers” wasn’t much of a hit with critics, but audiences loved it. The film grossed $18.5 million in theaters and became a lasting cult hit on video.
For years, Broken Lizard has tried to get a “Super Troopers” sequel going. Fox Searchlight has agreed to distribute the film, but it has left the financing entirely up to Chandrasekhar and his Broken Lizard cohorts.
Now they've turned to their fans to help raise the money, and are campaigning on Indiegogo. In just the first 24 hours, Broken Lizard's campaign managed to hit their initial goal by raising more than $2 million.
As of April 8, with more than two weeks left in the campaign, they've neared the $3.5 million mark as they reach for further stretch goals. At this rate, they've got a shot at beating the most successful film crowdfunding campaign to date— the Veronica Mars Movie project, which raised about $5.7 million.
Writer and director Jay Chandrasekhar spoke with The Frame's John Horn about the campaign to bring fans "Super Troopers 2."