First Look: ‘The Knights of Badassdom’

The Amazing Spider-Man isn’t the only big Hall H movie that the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly blows the door off. They’ve also got your first look at The Knights of Badassdom, which will also be wooing audiences in the biggest room at San Diego Comic-Con next week. From the looks of these first images, it shouldn’t have much of a problem. The film features the stars of Comic-Con favorites like Firefly (Summer Glau), True Blood (Ryan Kwanten), Community (Danny Pudi) and Game of Thrones (Peter Dinklage) and tells the story of a group of live-action role players whose fantasy becomes reality. Sounds like the right blend of ingredients for a Comic-Con hit.

You’ll be hearing (much) more about the film in the coming week, both with the Hall H panel and from director Joe Lynch (Wrong Turn 2), but for now, check out these first images. Read More »

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Celebrate the wonders of Sesame Street, Troll 2, America, child molestation, and trick or treating in your thirties with director Adam Green’s short film made specially for Halloween called Just Take One. The director behind Hatchet, Frozen and the now infamous Hatchet 2 has been making Halloween short films for his fans for 12 years over at his official site, Ariescope. The latest one, about the moral dilemma trick or treaters face when a house leaves an unmanned bowl of candy outside, is just sweet enough for a PG-13 audience, before, well, at just over four minutes, check it out after the jump. Read More »

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Add Cleopatra to the list of subjects that are being developed by multiple producers at once. A new biography of Cleopatra, by Stacy Schiff, is about to be published, and Michael Pietsch of Little, Brown says that Scott Rudin has picked up the rights to the book (he actually bought the rights years ago, before the book was even written) and is working with Angelina Jolie to develop a movie from the material. Right now, the idea is that Jolie would play Cleopatra, as if that needs to be explained.

Note that this isn’t Cleo, Steven Soderbergh‘s proposed 3D musical about Cleopatra with music by Robert Pollard and Guided by Voices. Totally different projects. Soderbergh’s is basically backburnered, as he put it off when Moneyball fell into his lap and hasn’t come back into the frame in the wake of his ouster from the baseball picture. Doubt anyone will be surprised when I say I still really hope Soderbergh somehow makes his first, as unlikely as that is. [USA Today]

After the break, more casting for Dexter, Knights of Badassdom and The Walking Dead. Read More »

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Peter Dinklage is reportedly in talks to take a role in Joe Lynch‘s horror/comedy/adventure The Knights of Badassdom. The film was produced and co-written (with Kevin Dreyfuss) by Matt Wall, producer of Dinklage’s upcoming St. John of Las Vegas so there’s clearly a relationship there and I can imagine anybody lucky enough to get Dinklage in one of their films would try and get him back over and over again.

When I first reported on the film, from the thick of last year’s Frightfest, here’s how I described the set-up:

…a film about LARPers who accidentally cast a real spell and bring a real demon into our world.

That’s been expanded upon by the full casting synopsis, which you can read after the break.

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I’ll tell you up front that the Splice video is not online and I’ll just be telling you about it, though it was rather marvelous and really very exciting and I’ll try and convey that. The others, though, are embedded after the break – An American Douchebag in London part 1, Eli Roth‘s commercial for Peta and some Survival of the Dead publicity.

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Update: The script for Knights of Badassdom has been written and is being rewritten by Matt Wall and Kevin Dreyfuss. Also note the lack of hyphen in the title – that flourish of mine was just a little line out of line.

Breaking news from Film 4 Frightfest. During an on-stage Q&A with John Landis and many of the crew and some cast (read: Linzi Drew) of An American Werewolf in London, Landis dropped a couple nice little nuggets of horror news. He had apparently been offered a picture called The Knights of Bad-assdom (my hyphen) but turned it down and directed the producers instead to who he considered the right man for the job.

That man is Wrong Turn 2’s Joe Lynch, and according to Landis he’s the guy particularly because the film deals with video games and Lynch reportedly knows all about them. Not a great deal to go on, so after the Q&A wrapped, I scooted up to Lynch and asked for more info.

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