Briefly: The long, fascinating, yet disappointing tale that is Knights of Badassdom will soon come to an end. Originally directed by Joe Lynch, the film got huge buzz after a Comic-Con 2011 panel only to run into major investor issues and be wrestled out of the director’s hands. Lynch all but disowned the new version of the film, which sat on a shelf for two years before getting U.S. distribution thanks to eOne Entertainment.
That company has now decided to release the live action role playing, fantasy action film, starring Ryan Kwatten, Peter Dinklage, Summer Glau, Danny Pudi and Steve Zahn, On Demand February 11, 2014. You can request a theatrical screening via Tugg starting in January. However, this is in fact the producer’s cut, not the director’s cut. Read More »
Comic-Con 2013 just ended, which makes it the two year anniversary of when we first heard about Knights of Badassdom. The independent film, starring Ryan Kwatten, Peter Dinklage, Summer Glau, Danny Pudi and Steve Zahn, follows a group of live action role players who are forced to save the world from monsters. It got some great buzz after its Hall H panel at Comic-Con 2011 and director Joe Lynch was amped about getting fans to see the film as soon as possible.
Then the money men got their hands on it and a controversy raged over the distribution rights. Lynch lost control of the film, it was reportedly re-edited and possibly doomed to live on a shelf for all its days.
Today, eOne Entertainment is putting a reincarnation spell on the film. They’ve just picked it up for U.S. distribution. Read More »
Over a year and a half ago, at Comic Con in 2011, we saw footage of Joe Lynch‘s film Knights of Badassdom. With a cast that features Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones), Danny Pudi (Community) and Summer Glau (Firefly), and a story about LARPing fantasy fans who are pressed into action against a real magical threat, the movie did well at Comic Con. The trailer got more attention online, and we thought a late 2011 or mid-2012 release might be in the cards.
But there has been no official word on Knights of Badassdom in a long time.
Turns out that Joe Lynch hasn’t had input on the film since just after Comic Con ’11. One of the producers is set to screen a cut of the film tomorrow, presumably in the hopes of attracting interest in buying the existing cut. The film’s website, badassdom.com, has been revamped to feature an open letter to “what remains of the Board of Directors of IndieVest, the production company and manager of the film known as Knights of BADASSDOM.” (Update: there has been a second update, so the text on the site is now changed.)
The story that follows is one that doesn’t yet have an ending, but it does explain why we have yet to see Knights of Badassdom. Read More »
A great American city lays in waste. The odor of sweat, tears and Cheetoes still lingers, as do the crushed hopes of those who hit snooze one too many times instead of getting their butt on line. It will take one full year to recover.
That’s right friends – Comic-Con International, as no one calls it anymore, has just ended and your friends from SlashFilm were in San Diego in full force. We’re there every year, watching successes launch (yay Avengers) and witnessing disasters stumble (not-so-yay Terminator Salvation.)
Then there are other movies. Movies that coulda been a contender but, for whatever reason, just didn’t connect. Here are films that had a presence in San Diego that, we feel, should have been bigger hits. This week will be a little less obscure than usual, but we think it’ll still be fun. Read More »
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Posted on Sunday, July 24th, 2011 by Angie Han
Director Joe Lynch and his star-studded cast took over Comic-Con’s Hall H Saturday afternoon for a panel on their upcoming horror-comedy film, Knights of Badassdom. The Con-friendly story revolves around a group of LARPers who accidentally summon a real succubus from Hell. The cast list, too, sounds practically tailor-made for Comic-Con: True Blood‘s Ryan Kwanten, Community‘s Danny Pudi, Game of Thrones‘ Peter Dinklage, Firefly‘s Summer Glau, Mad Men‘s Michael Gladis, and 24‘s Jimmi Simpson, plus Margarita Levieva (Adventureland) and Steve Zahn (who was not present at the panel).
The event included the brand new trailer for the film (embedded below) and a clip from the movie, as well as a discussion and Q&A with Lynch and the cast. Read details on the panel and watch the trailer after the jump.
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Saturday at Comic Con, a little movie that could with a star-studded cast will take the stage in Hall H. What happens next? Well, I can’t tell you yet because I’m writing this from the past. Last week, /Film was one of several outlets invited to get an early look at The Knights of Badassdom, a horror comedy adventure film starring Ryan Kwanten, Peter Dinklage, Steve Zahn, Summer Glau, Danny Pudi and others about the world of live action role playing. LARPing. Directed by Joe Lynch (Wrong Turn 2) its aim is to put together everything you love about movies: action, romance, violence, comedy, fantasy, all wrapped in on story about a group of LARPers who mistakenly awake an ancient demon and are forced to defeat it. Think Evil Dead meets the last twenty minutes of Role Models. So how does the film look what does Lynch have to say about it, and who did he absolutely have to work with? Find out after the jump. Read More »
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 »
Over the weekend, San Diego Comic-Con announced the programming schedule for Saturday and Sunday at this year’s convention. Usually, Saturday is the most impressive day as it’s the weekend and has the biggest amount of people coming into the area while Sunday is usually the most unexciting day as it’s the final day of the event and everything is winding down. For 2011, each day is going in the opposite direction. Saturday’s movie programming is very underwhelming, save for a few films like Snow White and the Huntsman and Francis Ford Coppola’s TWIXT, with more cool TV panels popping up than usual. Sunday is significantly better than usual, especially if you like TV, with Hall H panels on It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Glee and more.
Read about the highlights, with commentary and more 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 »