Goatpocalypse: BMS movie

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By Christopher Philippsbms
Eagle Staff

November 30, 2011, jocks around the world shed

a tear. A dynasty, full of crude and immature

jokes involve stealing other university’s mascots,

avoiding drug tests and partying in the fraternity

‘Goat House’, came to an unexpected end.

Blue Mountain State, the fictional comedy series following the notorious misadventures of The

Mountain Goats, a Midwestern college football team whose love for partying and football often lead

to some wild and crazy shenanigans, made a disappointing announcement.

Due to a lack of a dedicated audience for their schedule airing on Spike TV, the series producers Chris

Romano and Eric Falconer were forced to abandon their expectation to continue for a fourth season.

The unexpected, abrupt cancelation of the show left many fans disappointed and with a voracious

appetite for more football related absurdity. Viewers missed the entertaining and comical characters

like Alex Moran, the team’s backup quarterback whose only motivation for playing football was to

enjoy the fame (especially among the female students) while putting in as little of effort as possible.

Thad Castle, played by actor Alan Ritchson, is the one of the main reasons why the show became so

popular.

As senior linebacker and captain of the BMS football team, Castle’s overly competitive nature, love for

mojitos and women, and obsession for hazing the freshman, makes him a valuable player and hated

among the other teammates (with the exception of his loyal friend Larry). Ritchson’s exceptional

performance as the macho meat-head, gave him considerable recognition in the film industry, as he

has taken on such prominent roles as Gloss in the second installment of the popular Hunger Games

trilogy: “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.”

Through the success and popularity that many of the actors of BMS experienced after the show’s

cancellation, the quality and constancy of the show was evident.

This fame, however, did not come quickly.

Once BMS went off air, the show’s three seasons were available for viewing on Netflix. Gained serious

popularity with a new audience, the desire to reboot the beloved series for grew even stronger. The

renewed admiration did not go unnoticed by the producers. Falconer and Romano seized their

opportunity by starting a campaign on Kickstarter, a website designed to help money for independent

projects. After years of setbacks and broken dreams, Blue Mountain State: The Movie was finally

born.

The project goal was set at high 1.5 million dollars, which despite the sudden increase in fans, still

appeared to be a long shot in Falconer’s eyes. Yet through the numerous variety of pledge gifts,

including Thad Castle Posters, BMS imprinted Ping-Pong tables, and for a contribution of $2,500 or

more, the chance to be an extra in the film, proved successful. May 15, the film was announced to be

officially funded, going over the anticipated goal by $41,182.

After a relocation from Montreal due to financial problems, filming for the movie is currently

underway in Charleston, SC.

Although a release date has not been announced, the location change from Canada to America has,

according to Falconer, cut down production time by a significant amount. Waiting in patient

anticipation for signs of the glorious return of the Blue Mountain State football squad, fans pray that

the hilarious antics and amusing episodes that made the television comedy so legendary will be able

to take on the silver screen opportunity.

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