'Super Troopers' success cement deal

Fox Searchlight Pictures is going to “Club Dread” with the Broken Lizard Comedy Troop.

Deal calls for the six-member group to write and perform in a comedy set at a Club Med-style resort. Project marks a return pairing of Lizard with Searchlight following a respectable $18.5 million domestic performance by “Super Troopers” earlier this year.

“Troopers,” acquired at Sundance for $2.5 million, ranks as Searchlight’s fourth highest grosser after “The Full Monty,” “Waking Ned Devine” and “Kingdom Come.”

“Club Dread,” aimed for an August production start, will also bring back “Super Troopers” director Jay Chandrasekhar and producer Richard Perello. Exec VP of production Claudia Lewis and director of production Josh Deighton will oversee for Searchlight.

Broken Lizard, repped by CAA and John Sloss, also produced “Super Troopers.” Its members include Chandrasekhar, Brian Cox, Daniel von Bargen, Marisa Coughlan, Lynda Carter and Jim Gaffigan. The group is managed by 3 Arts.

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