“Lazer Team” fans can rejoice because a sequel is on the way. YouTube announced Friday morning, during its first Television Critics Association summer press tour, that the sci-fi comedy has been given the greenlight for a second part.
The record-setting film hails from Fullscreen Films and Rooster Teeth which launched an Indiegogo campaign to fund the project. After raising $2.4 million, it was released in theaters on January 27, 2016, and on YouTube Red a month later.
“Lazer Team,” directed by Matt Hullum and starring Burnie Burns, Gavin Free, Michael Jones and Colton Dunn, follows four small-town misfits, who after stumbling across an alien crash site, must use an extraterrestrial battle suit to save mankind.
“Lazer Team 2″ will see return of its characters Hagan, Woody, and Zach. Pre-production for the sequel is underway and the film is set to premiere on the YouTube Red subscription service next year.
“Thanks to this amazing partnership with YouTube and the platform’s incredible reach, we’ll be able to bring ‘Lazer Team 2′ to millions of fans across the world,” said Matt Hullum, co-founder and CEO of Rooster Teeth. “’Lazer Team’s’ success on YouTube Red proved that with the right partner we’re able to capture new audience and give our fans more access to the content they love, and we couldn’t be happier to be doing it again.”
Susanne Daniels, YouTube’s global head of original programming added, “Rooster Teeth’s massive audience on YouTube made their first sci-fi-comedy on YouTube Red a fan favorite, and we can’t wait to team up again with this creative powerhouse and Fullscreen Films to deliver another hit for their fans.”
YouTube Red is a $10-per-month service that offers exclusive original programming as well as ad-free viewing and access to YouTube’s music streaming service. The company also announced a new series with YouTube creator Eva Gutowski and the release of the thriller “The Thinning.”
Watch Burns and Free announcing the sequel below: