Super Troopers was not a massive hit, but it fit right in that same sort of niche as Office Space. Hilarious, legendary after the fact, watched only by six people in theaters, and owned by six million people on DVD. That sort of cult classic is something that will be increasingly less visible as streaming keeps overtaking physical media sales. Sure, Netflix will know that the next cult hit is a cult hit, and people will still talk about them, but it will be less tangible and direct, especially to the companies involved in production. Right now, they see a pile of DVD sales, and say huh, that’s doing way better than box office. In the grim dark future, Netflix has the incentive to not release info to that effect. Because letting companies know that the random film they think is worth nothing that they sold you the streaming rights to for six tacos? Not exactly in their interest.
In any case, Super Troopers is getting a sequel. It’s creatively titled Super Troopers 2 at the moment. They’ve got partial backing from a studio but are raising $2 million to finish the job. Says the IndieGogo page, regarding what they will do with the money:
First, we’re going to rub the money all over ourselves, just like Demi Moore in Indecent Proposal. Then, we’re going to kiss each and every dollar bill. Then we’ll fill a pool with the money and do backstrokes through it. Then we’ll bury the money and agree to tell no one about it. Then we’ll turn on each other and make accusations. Eventually, we’ll be forced to put the money in a bank.
But once the money is safely in the hands of a responsible adult - our producer - every single dollar will go entirely to making a kick-ass movie. Also creating and shipping the cool gifts we’re sending you. But mostly to the movie.
Honestly, just go read the IndieGogo page, because even if you don’t care about Super Troopers, it is a hilarious read in and of itself. And some of the rewards are wonderful. For instance, $25,000 will get you the entire Broken Lizard troop serving as groomsmen/bridesmaids at your wedding.
They’ve posted the following in character video promoting the campaign:
21 hours into the 31 days, they’ve already gotten well over 80% of the funds needed, and the film’s expected to be ready to go February of next year.