YouTube Red launched the first “Lazer Team” film in February, among the first wave of exclusive programming for the $10-per-month service. The movie was crowdfunded to the tune of $2.4 million on Indiegogo, and garnered more than $1 million at the box office in a theatrical release with Tugg.
“Lazer Team 2,” from Fullscreen Films and Rooster Teeth, will see the return of the film’s stars, including Rooster Teeth co-founder and chief content officer Burnie Burns as Hagan, Gavin Free (“The Slow Mo Guys”) as Woody, and Michael Jones (“Achievement Hunter”) as Zach.
YouTube revealed plans for “Lazer Team 2” as its first-ever TCA presentation Friday, where the video giant also announced a comedy series starring beauty and fashion vlogger Eva Gutowski (aka MyLifeAsEva) and Legendary Digital Studios’ “The Thinning” starring Logan Paul and Peyton List as additions to the YouTube Red originals lineup.
“Thanks to this amazing partnership with YouTube and the platform’s incredible reach, we’ll be able to bring ‘Lazer Team 2′ to millions of fans across the world,” said Matt Hullum, co-founder and CEO of Rooster Teeth. “’Lazer Team’s’ success on YouTube Red proved that with the right partner we’re able to capture new audience and give our fans more access to the content they love, and we couldn’t be happier to be doing it again.”
YouTube has not disclosed subscriber numbers for YouTube Red, nor has it divulged viewership numbers for its originals. But Susanne Daniels, YouTube’s global head of original programming, claimed “Lazer Team” was a hit.
“Rooster Teeth’s massive audience on YouTube made their first sci-fi-comedy on YouTube Red a fan favorite, and we can’t wait to team up again with this creative powerhouse and Fullscreen Films to deliver another hit for their fans,” she said.
Fullscreen acquired Rooster Teeth in 2014, two months after Fullscreen itself was bought by the digital-video joint venture of AT&T and Chernin Group (which is now known as Otter Media).
Here’s a video of Rooster Teeth’s Burnie Burns and Gavin Free announcing “Lazer Team 2”: