Two-time Oscar nominee Michael Fassbender (Steve Jobs, 12 Years a Slave) is confirmed to star in Kung Fury, an action comedy that will serve as the sequel to the popular short film which has racked up more than 40 million views. David Hasselhoff starred in the short film and is signed on to return to the feature length sequel.
David Sandberg wrote, directed, and starred in the short, and he’s on board to direct, star and produce the sequel under his Laser Unicorns banner. Michael Fassbender’s also producing along with Philip Westgren, Conor McCaughan, David Katzenberg, Seth Grahame-Smith, and Aaron Schmidt. Katzenberg, Grahame-Smith, and Aaron Schmidt’s KatzSmith Productions also produced 2017’s It which rang up more than $700 million worldwide. Laser Unicorns’ Pelle Strandberg is executive producing.
Filming is expected to take place this summer. BLOOM is handling international sales at the Berlin Film Festival.
The original 30 minute short film was funded mainly through a Kickstarter campaign. More than 17,700 backers gave $630,019 to help fund the short film which is described as an ’80s-inspired action adventure that features “arcade-robots, dinosaurs, nazis, vikings, norse gods, mutants and a super kung fu-cop called Kung Fury,” according to the film’s official website.
The Plot: It’s 1985, the best year ever. Miami is kept safe under the watchful eye of Kung Fury, the greatest damn cop of all time. Kung Fury’s Thundercops are the ultimate police force assembled from across history to defeat the villainous Kung Fuhrer, Adolf Hitler. After the tragic death of a Thundercop causes the group to disband, a mysterious villain emerges from the shadows to aid in the Fuhrer’s quest to attain the ultimate weapon. Kung Fury must travel space and time itself to save his friends, defend the prestigious Miami Kung Fu Academy, and defeat evil once and for all.