Release Date: TBA Studio: Not Available Director: Joe Lynch Screenwriter: Matt Wall Starring: Steve Zahn, Peter Dinklage, Ryan Kwanten, Douglas Tait, Summer Glau Genre: Horror, Comedy, Action Comic-Con Trailer (7.23.11):
After being dumped by his sexy girlfriend Beth, Joe (Kwanten) reluctantly decides to join Eric (Zahn) and his LARPing (Live Action Role Players) friends in the woods rather than stay behind and feel sorry for his newly single status. There he meets hot, ass-kicking, intimidating LARPer Gwen (Glau) and finds himself plunged into a surreal adventure wilder than he ever imagined when a make-believe wizard casts an all-too-real spell from an ancient book. That spell releases an actual demon with a taste for human blood — and souls — that starts systematically decimating the players in this suddenly deadly “game.” Will our guys become the heroes they have been pretending to be before time runs out?
The good news! Knights of Badassdom has a release strategy! The bad news? You might find it hard to see it on the big screen, which is a bummer. A teaser trailer hit the film’s Facebook page endorsing you all to “Tugg” the film, meaning request your city get it on January 21st. If your city doesn’t get enough requests: Sorry Charlie Tuna, you’ll have to wait for the VOD/digital release on February 11th.
The other bad news? It’s not the director’s cut of the film.
Knights of Badassdom is the latest feature from Joe Lynch (Wrong Turn 2, Holliston). He shot it a bit ago and the film has faced a bit of turmoil beyond Lynch’s control in the the distribution process. Long story short, he lost out and the release we’re getting is not entirely his vision.
Knights of Badassdom is in a bit of a pickle. As we told you last week, the financiers behind the film are shopping around a cut that is not director Joe Lynch’s vision. There are plenty of other “bad business” problems plaguing the film, too, none of which have to do with Lynch and his creative team. That said, there’s no telling when we’ll see this creature feature about LARPers who encounter the forces of darkness. For now, you’ll just have to get teases of the film, like the two videos you’ll find after the jump.
They’re clips from the documentary Men in Suits and they showcase the team at Spectral Motion doing what they do best: Creating practical monsters. In this case, they’re working on a monster for Knights of Badassdom. Inside, get a taste of the creation of “Abominog”…
It has been well over a year since Joe Lynch’s Knights of Badassdom was previewed before San Diego Comic-Con audiences, offering them a first look at the horror-fantasy which draws its inspiration from the world of LARPing and stars Ryan Kwanten, Steve Zahn and Peter Dinklage.
With a cast like that, you’d think the film would have no problems at all, right? Well, dark, threatening clouds have been building over Knights, slowing its momentum to getting a release.