Smith shared his talks with "Red State" distributor Lionsgate, saying, "They were like, if we do this, would you do it again? And I was like, yeah, in a heartbeat. [...] It's just a story of crazy people with guns and s*** like that. As long as I could use John Goodman again. I could make a hundred f****** Red States. And I'm like, let's do it. So we're gonna make one."