When David Sandberg set out to make Kung Fury in 2015, it was meant to be a full-blown kitschy mash-up of 80s martial art films packed into a 30-minute short film. The short film, which was born out of a Kickstarter project, somehow managed to market itself as an artsy commentary on pastiche in cinema and ended up at the Cannes Film Festival!

Now, nearly two years after it was announced, the feature-length follow-up to the cult short B-film is finally moving into production. What’s more, it’s secured an A-list star: Michael Fassbender has signed on for Kung Fury II: The Movie. Fassbender joins Sandberg, who returns once again to write, direct, produce, and star in the movie as the title character. David Hasselhoff, who penned the theme song for the short and appeared in a cameo, will also have a part, according to a report by The Verge.

The sequel to the original short film is expected to release this year. Filming starts this summer. (Image Source: YouTube)

The original short was centered on Miami’s best cop ever (played by David Sandberg), who becomes Kung Fury after getting struck by lightning and bit by a cobra while chasing a kung-fu criminal! And that’s just half the madness of the plot. As he fights to take down his arch-nemesis, Adolf Hitler, he must assemble a team from across time — including Vikings, a talking T-rex, a tech genius who turns into a robot, and Thor — to stop the Third Reich! That’s practically every single B-movie motif rolled into one. The short film has over 29 million views on YouTube and was even featured on Netflix for some time.

The absurdist homage to ’80s B-movies, with ultra-ridiculous violence and an onslaught of explosions, will carry over to Kung Fury II, a sequel to the original short. This time around, Kung Fury and his Thundercops deal with the tragic death of one of their own.

When they decide to disband in the wake of the loss, a new and mysterious villain joins Fuhrer Hitler to help him attain the ultimate weapon. Now, “Kung Fury must travel through space and time itself to save his friends, defend the prestigious Miami Kung Fu Academy and defeat evil once and for all.”

It’s not currently known whom Fassbender will be playing in the sequel. David Katzenberg, Seth Grahame-Smith, and Aaron Schmidt will produce under their KatzSmith Productions, which just saw massive success with It. Sandberg will produce via his Laser Unicorns banner, with Pelle Strandberg serving as executive producer. Production is scheduled to start this summer. Until then, if you haven’t seen the original Kung Fury yet, you can watch it below:

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