An instant cult classic, Kung Fury took the world by storm last year with an incredible Kickstarter campaign and an even more impressive final product. Inspired by ’80s cop films and created by the minds behind Laser Unicorns. Available everywhere, including Netflix and YouTube, the half-hour feature was created primarily in the filmmaker’s basement, with several green screen shots bringing the action together through expert-level editing.
The short film’s director took to social media to celebrate the anniversary of the film’s release, and announce a sequel to the throwback action-comedy. With a shot of the script and the hero’s now-iconic bandana wrapped around it, David Sandberg confirmed what many have expected for a while: there is more Kung Fury on the horizon.
“Today, Kung Fury turns 1… Today, the future is written… Stay tuned,” reads the post on Instagram. The film raised its budget of $630,019 (three times its original goal of $200,000) on Kickstarter in November of 2014, and was released last year in May. The film’s crowdfunding efforts were so successful the production was even able to hire David Hasselhoff to guest star, sing the film’s theme song, and appear for press events to promote the movie last year.
Described as an “over-the-top action comedy” that featured “arcade-robots, dinosaurs, nazis, vikings, norse gods, mutants and a super kung fu-cop called Kung Fury,” the film currently sits at 24 million views on YouTube alone, and has screened across the country (and internationally) at conventions, film festivals (including Cannes 2015), and movie theaters over the course of the past year. In the film, Kung Fury (Sandberg) must battle an array of outrageous foes before taking on Adolf Hitler (Jorma Taccone of Lonely Island and the upcoming Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping) himself. Along the way, the hero’s journey to the ultimate boss battle is decorated with trippy and nostalgic special effects. The film even spawned its own video game, released earlier this year for PC, PS4, and mobile.
So far, there’s no news on whether the project will be crowdfunded again or if Laser Unicorns already has backers for the production. For now, though, a script has been completed, and upcoming news has been promised by the director himself. While you’re waiting, check out LaserUnicorns’ YouTube channel for special features and behind the scenes info on how the film was made.
Screen Rant will have more information about Kung Fury 2 as it is made available.
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