VIDEO: James Merendino's Battle Cry for SLC PUNK 2 Funding
Earlier this year, writer/director James Merendino announced he had finished the script to the sequel to SLC PUNK, PUNK'S DEAD. SLC Punk, starring Matthew Lillard, Annabeth Gish, Til Schweiger, Michael Goorjian, Devon Sawa, Jason Segel, Chris McDonald and Adam Pascal was released by Sony Pictures Classics in 1999. It tells the story of Stevo and Heroin Bob, two young punks in the Mormon Salt Lake City. Most of the original cast is expected to return in the sequel, which will also include a new generation of actors.
Why crowd funding on Indiegogo? SLC PUNK has become a rite of passage movie for 100,000s of teenagers and young adults. It continues to find an audience with new generations who intimately relate to characters and story, and as FANS watch and talk about the movie time and again. After the sequel announcement, fans started to connect in large numbers through social media to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the original and to share their excitement about the making of the sequel.
Check out the James Merendino's battle speech for SLC Punk 2 : Punk's Dead fan funding below!
"Crowd funding has become a quasi requirement for us independent filmmakers," says Producer Andrea Kreuzhage, who also was one of the producers of the original film. "But especially for this sequel it makes perfect sense, as the fans of SLC PUNK are eager to see how the story continues and have been pushing for a way to get involved." Hence the decision to raise part of the budget through Indiegogo