It took seventeen years for Broken Lizard to get Super Troopers 2 to the screen. Seventeen years!
Before returning to the same characters, first the comedy group wanted to experiment with a horror parody, so they made Club Dread. After that they moved on to Beerfest, and it became clear that being the “guys behind Super Troopers” was not enough to draw a large enough audience to warrant a sequel. Yet, Fox Searchlight agreed to distribute Super Troopers 2 if Broken Lizard could foot the bill. So, through IndieGoGo, Super Troopers 2 will finally become a reality this Friday, 4/20.
But, if you ever want to see a film from Broken Lizard again, you better not wait for the home release of Super Troopers 2!
At a Q&A following the Denver premiere of their film, Lizards Kevin Heffernan aka Farva, Steve Lemme aka Mac, and Paul Soter aka Foster, stressed that unless people come to see Super Troopers 2 at the movie theater, it may be a while until studios offer them distribution again.
When asked if Potfest, the long indemand sequel to Beerfest, would ever exist, Heffernan had this plea:
“I think it’s all about what happens this weekend. If people go out and see the movie this weekend it will unlock a lot of other things and allow us to make more movies and if people don’t go then it will take another 10-15 years to make another movie.”
“You’ve gotta go tell your friends to go out and see the movie. Then we’ll make more.”
You guys are my friends, right? Some of you? Well, my review will be out later this week, but let’s just say it is worth forking out fifteen dollars to both enjoy this film and keep Broken Lizard comedy coming. So,”Go out and see the movie!”
We also learned Super Troopers 3 is also already in the plans, should Super Troopers 2 earn the box office love it deserves. All three Lizards ended the Q&A after being asked about their next project, again stressing that this franchise too can only continue if you go to the movies this weekend:
Kevin Heffernan: Well I don’t know, it all depends on what happens this weekend, we have a few scripts lined up, and we’ve already started mapping out Super Troopers 3. We started mapping out the Beerfest sequel, it’s just a matter of what happens and whether someone gives us the opportunity to make another movie so.
Steve Lemme: We have to have a big opening weekend for Super Troopers 2. So tell your friends to come see the movie.
Paul Soter: The interest is about how you perform in theaters. We behaved in a completely different way all these years. A few people would go to the theaters but these were movies that really accumulated their audience over time, which is awesome, ’cause it’s a cool grassroots thing, you then have this sense of ownership the fans have. It’s awesome but the reality is that it’s hard to make more movies when that’s how people consume your movies, slowly over time by handing DVDs around to their friends. So we’re in this position where we have this opportunity to completely change the equation by making a sequel and having the potential to perform. So when you perform people call you up and say, “What do you guys want to do next?” So that’s what we’re all sitting around waiting for now. There’s multiple things we’d love to do but it all comes down to Friday.
Kevin Heffernan: So tell your friends is what we’re saying. Tell your friends.”
I am telling you guys… if you even enjoy the first Super Troopers. If you don’t need to see more films from them, don’t worry about it. We’re cool.
Will you do your part or is the world better without films from Broken Lizard? Let us know below!
Super Troopers 2 is in cinemas this Friday, April 20.