Lazer Team

Rooster Teeth to produce Lazer Team follow-up

The prodco's first full-length feature was a hit on SVOD and in bricks-and-mortar theaters - now it's going back to YouTube Red for a second helping.
August 8, 2016

Austin-based media co Rooster Teeth will be producing a sequel to its first full-length feature film, Lazer Team. Like its predecessor, the second film will debut on YouTube Red, although it will not be exclusive to the SVOD.

Rooster Teeth co-founder and COO Burnie Burns and creative director Gavin Free posted a video on Facebook sharing the announcement on Aug. 5.

Free and Burns were unable to share many details on the project, which will be out sometime in 2017.

“We don’t really know when it (the release) will be, but you’ll see it,” said Free.

Added Burns: “Movies do take a little while to make.”

The original Lazer Team marked a major milestone for Rooster Teeth (which is owned by Fullscreen Media). Prior to the original firm, the company had produced mainly short-form content such as Red Vs. Blue and RWBY. Lazer Team, which centers around four small-town misfits who find themselves tasked with defeating an advanced alien race, was funded by a successful crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo (raising $2.48 million within days of its campaign launch.) YouTube acquired the SVOD rights to the film in 2015, and it was among the first slate of original programming to premiere on Red when it launched in early 2016.

Lazer Team also made waves in bricks-and-mortar theaters through the service Tugg, which allows fans to bring digital films to cinemas. According to Tugg’s statistics, the film pulled in more than 100,000 tickets($1 million) in ticket sales, which, according to Tugg, is a record for the service.

Rooster Teeth recently rebranded its subscription service, now called First, and introduced a premium subscription tier for super-fans.

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