Super Troopers became a cult film in 2001 and now it is getting a sequel, headed by returning director Jay Chandrasekhar. Chandrasekhar is a member of the Broken Lizard sketch comedy group that wrote and starred in both the original film and the upcoming sequel. Chandrasekhar has an extensive resume in television, having directed episodes of Community, Arrested Development, Psych and Chuck.
The original movie featured the five members of Broken Lizard as state troopers in Spurbury, Vt., a fictional town near the U.S.-Canada border. In the movie, the troopers spend most of their screentime playing pranks on the citizens and feuding with the local police department. Critics weren’t a fan of the original film but due to a cult following the flick managed to gross $23.1 million with a $1.2 million budget.
The sequel will feature the entire original cast of the Vermont State Troopers and it has been announced that the score for the new follow-up movie will be recorded by none other than Eagles of Death Metal. Director Jay Chandrasekhar revealed the news when he tweeted out a picture of himself with the band in the studio.
Super Troopers 2 Update: In studio with Eagles of Death Metal recording score. pic.twitter.com/L436375rjS
— Jay Chandrasekhar (@jaychandrasekha) June 7, 2017
Outside of the original cast, Supertroopers 2 will have Rob Lowe, Will Sasson, and Lynda Carter in various roles.
Jesse Hughes and the rest of the band have been on tour for much of this year. They have been performing on the road with Mastodon and also announced that they’d recorded a pair of tracks with Kesha. Zipper Down was the group’s last studio album and was released in 2015. Super Troopers 2 is set to arrive later this year.
Eagles of Death Metal recently ended their five-week tour of North America with Mastodon. They are also set to release a DVD/CD combo titled “I Love You All the Time – Live at the Olympia in Paris” on August 4th. The film documents the bands return to Paris following the November 2015 terrorist attack at the Bataclan. HBO also aired a similar documentary about their ordeal in February titled “Eagles of Death Metal: Nos Amis (Our Friends)”.
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