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'Super Troopers 2' lands spring 2018 release date

LOS ANGELES - Fox Searchlight has set an April 20, 2018, release date for "Super Troopers 2" -- 17 years after the original.

Jay Chandrasekhar is directing the comedy sequel, as he did on the original. Filmmaking team Broken Lizard raised $4.4 million in a 30-day crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo in 2015 that saw more than 50,000 contributors. It was one of the most successful crowdfunding campaigns for a movie along with the $5.7 million raised by fans for the "Veronica Mars" movie starring Kristen Bell.

Donation incentives for "Super Tropers 2" on the first day included a producer title for $10,000, a speaking actor role for $10,000, a trip to the ballpark with the main actors for $15,000, and the patrol car to be used in the filming for $35,000. "Super Troopers 2" met the initial goal of $2 million (set by Fox Searchlight) in 26 hours.

"Super Troopers 2" reunites all five Troopers from the original film -- Chandrasekhar, Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme, Paul Soter, and Erik Stolhanske. The quintet play goofy Vermont state troopers with a penchant for pranks and feuding with other local law enforcement officers.

The comedy troupe began shooting in October, 2015, and cast Rob Lowe as Guy Le Franc, a former hockey player and the current mayor of a Canadian town near Quebec.

The original "Super Troopers" was made for $1.2 million and acquired by Fox Searchlight at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival. It grossed $23 million worldwide.

"Super Troopers 2" will open against Warner Bros. "Rampage," starring Dwayne Johsnon; Focus Features "Tully," starring Charlize Theron; and Lionsgate's remake of "Overboard."

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