“Kung Fury,” the Kickstarter-backed, 80s throwback, action/comedy, which became a hit sensation, is ready for Round 2. The half hour short film, a creation made in the basement of director David Sandberg, incorporated several green screen shots (along with some mad editing skills) to create an exciting and enjoyable flick destined to be a cult classic. Sandberg took to social media in announcing the film’s one year anniversary of its release on his ‘Laser Unicorns‘ Instagram page.
In his post, the short film’s writer not only celebrates the movie’s anniversary, but takes the opportunity to reveal that a sequel is in the works. The accompanying picture shows the finished script of the as-of-yet untitled follow-up to the throwback action-comedy romp tightly wrapped with the hero of the film’s recognizable red bandana.
“Today, Kung Fury turns 1… Today, the future is written… Stay tuned” reads Sandberg’s post on Instagram.
The Kickstarter campaign for “Kung Fury,” which began in November of 2014, had 17,713 backers which pledged $630,019 to help bring this project to life and see its debut in May of 2015. The film’s crowdfunding efforts were so successful (they were only seeking $200,000) that the production was able to hire David Hasselhoff to appear as a guest star, be featured in singing the film’s theme song, and make promotional appearances at press events prior to its release.
Described as an “over-the-top action comedy” that featured “arcade-robots, dinosaurs, nazis, vikings, norse gods, mutants and a super kung fu-cop called Kung Fury,” the movie currently sits at nearly 25 million views on YouTube. The short film has screened across the world at conventions, film festivals (Cannes 2015), and movie theaters over the course of the past year.
In the film, Kung Fury (Sandberg) must battle an array of outrageous foes before taking on Adolf Hitler (Jorma Taccone) himself. Along the way, the hero’s journey to the ultimate boss battle is decorated with trippy and nostalgic special effects. The film released its own video game earlier this year for PC, PS4, and mobile.
As it currently stands, it hasn’t been announced if this sequel will be backed by another fundraising campaign of if the production company has found financial backing. One thing is for sure, the script is complete and Sandberg is moving forward in bringing what’s sure to be another fun, guilty pleasure film for us to enjoy.
Be sure to take a look at LaserUnicorns’ YouTube channel for special features and behind the scenes footage from “Kung Fury.”
“KUNG FURY” is an over-the-top action comedy written and directed by David Sandberg. The movie features: arcade-robots, dinosaurs, nazis, vikings, norse gods, mutants and a super kung fu-cop called Kung Fury, all wrapped up in an 80s style action packed adventure.
“Kung Fury” takes place in a variety of exotic locations; 1980s Miami, Asgard and Germany in the 1940s, to name a few. With a limited budget to work with, we had to solve this by shooting most of the scenes against a greenscreen backdrop.
“Kung Fury” was funded mainly through a Kickstarter campaign, where people from all around the world showed their support for this crazy project. David worked on the film for a more than a year with almost no budget but a strong vision, with the help of friends and family. Most of the film has already been shot, but additional filming and lots of visual effects remain to be done.
The film about 30 minutes long and has been released for free on the internet.
*** courtesy of kungfury.com