YouTube Red Picks Up 'Lazer Team' Sequel
The first film debuted on YouTube Red in February.
The Lazer Team will return to YouTube Red.
Six months after sci-fi film Lazer Team debuted on YouTube's new subscription streaming service, it's been given the greenlight for a sequel. YouTube content chief Susanne Daniels broke the news Friday morning at the Google-owned company's presentation during the Television Critics Association's summer press tour, during which guests were also given a tour of YouTube's Playa Vista, Calif., production space.
YouTube isn't revealing many details about the new project, which will premiere on YouTube Red in 2017.
The film hails from Rooster Teeth, an Austin-based production company owned by digital studio Fullscreen. Rooster Teeth crowdfunded the project on Indiegogo, raising more than $2.4 million from supporters to produce the film. Rooster Teeth's Matt Hullum, Burnie Burns, Josh Flanagan and Chris Demarais penned the script. Hullum, Rooster Teeth's CEO, directed the project.
Lazer Team follows four small-town misfits who stumble upon an alien crash and must wear pieces of a battle suit, turning them into the Lazer Team, to save earth.
The film debuted in theaters in January, selling more than $1 million in tickets through cinema-on-demand partner Tugg. It was then among the first batch of original series and movies to debut on Red on Feb. 10.
YouTube launched Red last fall as a $10/month streaming service that offers exclusive original programming as well as ad-free viewing and access to YouTube's music streaming service. YouTube has since released several projects, including reality series Scare PewDiePie and scripted comedy Sing It. Daniels unveiled several renewals and new projects at VidCon in June, announcing that YouTube Red would be adapting Step Up as a series.