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Fred “The Hammer” Williamson Launches $1.2 Million Kickstarter Campaign For 'Original Gangstas 2'

by Sergio
January 6, 2014 8:14 PM
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You know, if even the great Fred “The Hammer” Williamson is getting into this whole Kickstarter thing, then maybe I’m going to have to admit that there’s something to it.

But that right folks. Wlliamson has just started a Kickstater campaign to raise $1.2 million in 60 days to make a sequel to his 1996 film Original Gangtas..

Coming back for the film are the original stars of the first one: Williamson, Jim Brown, Pam Grier,and Richard Roundtree, and also Bernie Casey, Gloria Hendry, Antonio Fargas and  Robert Forster.

My God,  it’s like I’ve gone back in time to a Saturday matinee in 1973.

And if Spike could raise the money for his next project using Kickstarter, why not the Hammer? It’s only fair.

Here’s the link to check out Williamson’s Kickstarter page HERE

Watch his video pitch below, followed by the widget for the campaign, and then the trailer for the original film:


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  • Geneva Girl | January 7, 2014 5:22 AMReply

    I actually thought that a couple of these guys were dead.

    If the movie will made so cheaply, why don't the stars split the cost among themselves? 200k a piece shouldn't break the bank. Sorry, but I can't support folks with their own money who could fund the project themselves.

  • raghav | January 7, 2014 3:30 AMReply

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  • Steven Millan | December 20, 2013 2:59 AMReply

    Congrats to Fred Williamson for going the crowdfunding route,something that both Sybil Danning and Tom "Billy Jack" Laughlin should have did for their planned film projects(although Sybil did use Kickstarter to attempt to fund an L.A. BOUNTY video game that unfortunately floundered[since the fans would rather instead see a new L.A. BOUNTY film]).

  • Rocket | December 19, 2013 11:20 AMReply

    Must respect to FW. But this one needs to stay on the shelf. I remember the first one. It doesn't need a sequel.

  • getthesenets | December 18, 2013 11:50 PMReply

    rest in peace to Ron O'neal from the original cast

    "if you don't get me my money TO-NIGHT"-Superfly

    "listen to him...talkin bout I better pay or else..who do you think you are Ron O'neal or somebody?"- Menace 2 Society

    great idea....for The Hammer

    at first I thought it was a bit late for him to assemble the old stars but the action films "Red" and it's sequel did decent numbers and has elderly cast kicking ass and shooting people

    I'm in for a few dollars and gonna spread the word about this.....I fux with Black Caesar

  • katie | December 16, 2013 8:05 PMReply

    Oh hell no. Don't we have enough film glorifying violence in our community? Why would I give money to this when I could give my money to countless other indie content creators who are trying to bring different, fresh, stories of nuance to the black community? Pass.

  • Katie | December 28, 2013 12:33 AM

    Sorry this reply is so late. Not all the stories are about crime. The only one I suggested that were about crime was Breaking Bad. Nip/Tuck is not about crime and neither is Mad Men. I watch very few shows revolving around criminal activity because I don't care for it unless it a sh!t load of character development. I like dark-themed shows because they make you think and show a different side of humanity. The underbelly. It may not be pretty, but it's life.

    I don't care for the because this film it's the same rehashed subjects (violence, crime, and drug gangs) we're used to seeing. If it was like the above shows I would like it because it disrupts a familiar narrative. That's great that Williamson's character wants to get rid of gangs, I just wish it was executed differently without a visuals that we are all too used to seeing. I just want to see something different.

  • Troy | December 19, 2013 3:25 PM

    I watch those shows. However your inference of preference suggests you prefer to entertain yourself with white crime more so than the pedantic grassroots worldwide matriculation of black American gang culture. All subject matter can be approached maladroitly or adroitly. You compared cable financed long form serialized story telling to a movie created by former blaxploitation stars on a minor budget. Maybe white criminals are uncommon to you and therefore you can lose yourself in their worlds that only seem more vivid than your own. As far as content being problematic communities fighting against gang tyranny is a message that I actually support in real life. Unlike get cancer sell drugs, don't like how you look change yourself for worse, or a show about living life on the sidelines like the Mad Men.

  • Katie | December 19, 2013 12:22 AM

    That's great! But what does that have to do with the problematic content Williamson wants to put out he wants me to fund? O_o That's what I'm protesting.

    @Miles Ellison
    You are so right. I'm realizing this more. Part of me doesn't want to believe it, but seems like my love of Breaking Bad, Nip/Tuck, Mad Men, etc., is an anomaly. I still would like to create a webseries like the shows mentioned, but I see there won't be much of an audience like for this garbage.

  • getthesenets | December 18, 2013 11:56 PM


    Whether you know it or not..or care or not..Fred W. was one of the people who wrote the book on indie film making and financing.

  • Miles Ellison | December 18, 2013 10:29 PM

    That would be an inspired use of your disposable income. Unfortunately, you're in the minority. There isn't much of a market for freshness or nuance. There's more of a market for crap like this.

  • Captain | December 15, 2013 10:53 PMReply


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