Super Troopers, the first film from the comedy troupe Broken Lizard, was the cult comedy hit of Sundance in 2001. Featuring the members of Broken Lizard as highway patrol cops in rural Vermont, engaging in seemingly non-stop pranks against criminals and one another, the film has since become a quotable staple of late-night cable TV.
Rumors of a sequel gathered steam for over a decade, with members of Broken Lizard mentioning the possibility in interviews as far back as 2006, while more specific speculation came about in 2013. Plans ramped up as the years went on, and the filmmakers managed to raise over $4 million from an Indiegogo campaign that had sought less than half that when it launched in the spring of 2014. Super Troopers 2 finally began production last fall — and now fans are getting a first look the poster for the upcoming sequel.
Jay Chandrasekhar, the co-star and director of both the old movie and the new, tweeted what he called the “Cannes poster” for the film over the weekend, with the poster describing the movie as the “long-anticipated sequel to the cult comedy hit.” No, Super Troopers 2 won’t actually be showing at Cannes. Instead, as Chandrasekhar mentioned in his Twitter feed, the reason for the poster is that the filmmakers are “selling foreign rights” at the French film festival:
Here's the Cannes poster for Super Troopers 2. pic.twitter.com/8o7YoOMQF5— Jay Chandrasekhar (@jaychandrasekha) May 11, 2016
Also on the poster? “The time is “Meow,” in reference to a prank in the first movie in which the troopers dare each other to say the word “meow” as many times as possible during a routine traffic stop. The whole Broken Lizard crew — Chandrasekhar, Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme, Erik Stolhanske, and Paul Soter — is on board for the sequel as well.
The news of the sequel is welcome. Super Troopers is one of the funniest films of the aughts, and it’s one that holds up both over time and repeated viewings. The successful crowdfunding campaign indicates that fan enthusiasm is there for a sequel. And best case, the new film will lead to lots of moments and catchphrases as memorable as the syrup-chugging or “liter a cola.”
The only concerns? Broken Lizard may have come up with a cult hit right out of the gate, but while a few of their films have their moments, none of their work in the intervening years has come anywhere close to the first Super Troopers. Comedy sequels in general have a tendency to not live up to their originals, even if they’re not arriving a decade and a half later. And then there are the questions of whether the premise of a bunch of cops screwing around will translate today — and whether the premise of silly young underdogs engaging in hijinks will land the same way now that they’re in their 40s.
Super Troopers 2 does not yet have an official release date, but it is being distributed by Fox Searchlight.