The comedy troupe known as the The Broken Lizard are no longer broke. That’s because they just finished raising $4.4 million in just 30 days in their campaign pitch to make a sequel to the cult favorite Super Troopers. This goes down as the second most successful crowdfunding campaign for a movie. The Indiegogo campaign was funded by over 50,000 contributors. It reached it’s goal of $2 million in just over a day, 26 hours to be exact. Production is set to go into action this summer, 14 years after the original Super Troopers was released. And per an agreement, if the $2 million goal was met, 20th Century Fox would release the film. The original Super Troopers was made for $1.2 million and acquired by Searchlight at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival. It grossed $23 million worldwide. That doesn’t include the extra life gained through word of mouth post theatrical release on various formats including DVD. Some of the fun perks that were sold to entice fans to contribute to the sequel fund came through including “The Best Men” incentive for $20,000: “All five members of Broken Lizard will attend your wedding and act as your groomsmen (or bridesmaids). We’ll even bring you a gift.”
They also crafted new stretch goals aimed at attracting additional backers. To push the campaign past $3.5 million, it announced that it would release its first movie, Tin Foil Monkey Agenda online exclusively to contributors. Super Troopers 2 reunites all five Troopers from the original film . Jay Chandrasekhar, Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme, Paul Soter and Erik Stolhanske. The quintet play goofy Vermont state troopers with a penchant for pranks and feuding with other local law enforcement officers. Pre-production on the film will begin in May, with principal photography starting this summer in the Northeast. Other films from Broken Lizard include 2004’s Club Dread and 2006’s Beerfest, which grossed $20 million. The troupe performed in Broken Lizard Stand Up for Comedy Central in 2010.