The first trailer has been released for Lazer Team, a crowdfunded science fiction comedy which almost broke Indiegogo due to it’s popularity back in mid-2014.
The project is the brainchild of Rooster Teeth, a production company which has made a big name for itself through YouTube over the years. Lazer Team will be their first full-length live action movie and it’s all thanks to the investment of the masses.
According to the official synopsis, “Lazer Team decades ago when the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence project received a one time signal from outer space, which was never decoded.” Unsurprisingly it was secretly translated by the US government who discover that it is a warning of impending doom.
“Working in total secrecy, the US government has been training a single Champion of Earth – a warrior of incredible skill to don a suit of unimaginable power designed by new alien allies in preparation for Earth’s battle for survival against an evil race of aliens. Unfortunately, the suit never made it all the way to its intended destination. Instead of a lone savior, four hapless idiots find the suit and are thrust into the role of heroes as the titular Lazer Team.”
In June 2014, the Indiegogo page for the film launched with an initial target of $650,000, that took 10 hours to hit. By the end of the campaign that total stood at $2.4 million, nearly four times the company’s goal, holding to this day a number of records with the website including becoming the highest-funded film on Indiegogo’s history.
Their success even broke the site a few times along the way, not least on the last day of the campaign when a special perk was added for a fan to be given a walk-on role in the movie, so many people applied for this perk in the first 20 seconds that the site ticketing system ground to a halt and 535 people were able to purchase this “one-off”.
Lazer Team is directed by Rooster Team co-founder Matt Hullum and stars Alan Ritchson, Colton Dunn, Gavin Free, Michael Jones, Burnie Burns, and Alexandria Deberry. No official release date has been announced yet.