It’s been a long time coming, but Super Troopers 2 has finally completed post-production. The sequel to the 2001 cult hit has long been in the works, with many fans wondering if it was ever actually going to be made. But back in 2015, the comedy troupe (known collectively as Broken Lizard) managed to secure the sequel’s budget through a crowdfunded Kickstarter campaign. Not long after that, cameras began rolling and now the much anticipated final product is ready.
Though Broken Lizard are known for a lengthy list of raunchy comedies over the years such as Club Dread, Beerfest and The Slammin’ Salmon, it was Super Troopers that really struck a nerve with viewers. In fact, the film’s R-rated laughs, which came courtesy of a group of clueless cops, garnered far greater mainstream attention than any of the troupe’s efforts to date. Something about Super Troopers kept fans hanging on for years in hopes of a sequel and that interest eventually played a major role in the film getting made.
News of Super Troopers 2 having completed post-production comes to us directly from the filmmakers themselves, at BrokenLizard.com. And while it is indeed a happy announcement for the Broken Lizard crew to make as well as for fans to hear, a detailed explanation has been given with regards to what took so long to get to this point. In the words of Broken Lizard member Kevin Heffernan:
We’ve posted about how we’ve been doing test screenings already and some folks were confused how we do that if the film was not technically “done.” The reality is that those screenings are done with an unfinished product: temp sound & music stuffed in and a low res picture. It’s important to do those screenings before everything is locked in, so we can see what works and what doesn’t, what jokes play and what jokes suck and then make adjustments accordingly. But at some point you have to stop that process and lock everything in. The sound mix and the color correction mark the end of that process. Both are exciting, not just because they are the final steps, but because they vastly improve the film.
With the picture and sound done, we marry the two together and boom…. final product. We’ve been in post for the last 8 months, always looking at an unfinished product. Now we get to watch the film in all its glory…. and that is an amazing feeling.
Indeed, the excitement from Broken Lizard is matched only by the excitement of fans, who’ve been waiting 16 years to see the next Super Troopers instalment. As of this writing there is still no confirmation of the film’s release date, but Fox is currently reviewing the finished product and will move forward with release dates, trailers and other promotional materials in the very near future.
There’s a lot riding on the success of Super Troopers 2; a hit will mean that maybe next time a studio will put forth the production money, rather than fans. This will leave the future of other Broken Lizard films - such as the much talked about and seemingly mythical Beerfest sequel, Potfest - that much more possible. But for now, it’s clear that Super Troopers 2 was made for the fans and whether it’s a hit or not, both Broken Lizard and fans alike can be content in the knowledge that they came together to create something special.