A new trailer for the upcoming crowd-funded sci-fi movie Lazer Team has debuted on Yahoo!Movies, filled with brand-new scenes and some genuine laugh-out-loud moments. Not only that, but we also get a better look at how the alien suit found by the four hapless protagonists works.
The flick is the first feature-length production from viral video specialists Rooster Teeth, a company based in Austin, Texas. With more than 8 million YouTube subscribers, Rooster Teeth is also behind the popular sci-fi web series Red vs. Blue, launched way back when in 2003. It happens to be the longest-running episodic series of its type on the Internet.
Rooster Teeth raised almost $2.5 million to make this movie, breaking Indiegogo records along the way by becoming the third-most-backed crowdfunded movie ever, behind Zach Braff’s Wish I Was Here and, of course, Veronica Mars. This might seem surprising given that Lazer Team has no big stars like Zach Braff and Kristen Bell behind it, but Rooster Teeth co-founder and CEO Matt Hullum, who also helmed the movie, says of their upcoming sci-fi flick:
“Lazer Team has some pretty big stars… They’re non-traditional, Internet celebrities. And they have a huge following. Their celebrity is in a different form.”
Lazer Team stars Rooster Teeth co-founder Burnie Burns, who's both an actor and a writer for the team. Also starring in the movie, and your keen eye will no doubt have spotted him in the new trailer, is Smallville’s own Aquaman, Alan Ritchson, who also starred in The Hunger Games and is the voice of Raphael in the current Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot. He may not be a big name, but Ritchson does have his loyal fan base standing behind him. Beyond all that fan base stuff, Burns is, of course, counting on Rooster Teeth’s whopping 8.1 million-strong YouTube following to help with the movie. He said:
“Of them 35,000 people backed the Lazer Team campaign,” he pointed out. “That’s less than 0.2 percent. With a slim percentage we were able to break records.”
The guys are plenty aware that they may not make back the money they’ve raised for the project -- Veronica Mars, for example, only managed to make less than $3.5 million of the $5.7 million raised. But the backers received digital copies before the movie was released in theaters, and that’s what Rooster Teeth will do with Lazer Team, at least, for those 32, 000 backers who donated more than $25.
But enough chit-chat from us, have a look at the new trailer:
Rooster Teeth is looking to release Lazer Team across multiple platforms, in addition to the big screen. The movie should be released sometime in the summer, but there’s no official release date yet, and a distributor still hasn’t been named. What did you think of the new trailer?