Knights of Badassdom Will Probably Never Be Released
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Knights of Badassdom Will Probably Never Be Released

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Trade News | March 5, 2013 | Comments ()


A commenter on my article about role-playing games a few weeks ago pointed me to The Knights of Badassdom, which promptly became the movie I was most looking forward to for the year. Take a look at the trailer if you haven't:

It's got this wonderful Army of Darkness vibe, and the cast, my god, the cast. Steve Zahn, Summer Glau, Tyrion, Jason from "True Blood", Abed, and even one of the McPoyle brothers from "Always Sunny." Are you excited yet? Are you ready to pre-order your tickets and the machete required to wade through the abysmal crowds who always seem to be at movie theaters these days? Are you ready to revel in the taste of your own tears?

Yeah, the last one. Because this movie is never going to see the light of day. Basically, the film was more or less finished, they showed off the trailer and some footage at ComicCon, and then the producer (Wade Bradley) fired the director (Joe Lynch) and everybody else involved with production before the final edit was complete. Bradley then ran through all the remaining money in the budget trying to completely recut the film, reportedly drastically changing everything about the film. And now there's not enough money left to complete the film.

Bradley's trying to screen the current state of the film this week in order to find investors to back finishing it, but prospects are not looking good. With regards to the new version of the film, former director Lynch has been quite vocal, if terse, in his evaluation of the film: "#NotMyCut" he posted to the Twitter.

Oh well, there's always another GI Joe coming up.

(source: SlashFilm)

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  • Strand

    Was really looking forward to this (was only reminded it actually existed). Sure it would never have made much money but there's enough of an audience to pay to see it. It's bullshit that politics can result in one party holding the rights of a movie hostage.

  • Been waiting on this for a long time. What a downer.

  • googergieger

    Yeah I saw this at the Comic Con a few years ago. Seemed alright enough I guess. Don't know. Director seemed like a nice enough guy.

  • Dragonchild

    So instead of whatever underperforming RoI the producer was fearing he would get, he took over and now there will be no RoI at all.

    You're doing a heckuva job, Wade.

  • Nicolae

    And now my day is ruined.

  • TheOriginalMRod

    Oh wow, that sucks. That looked really funny at one point. What about straight to DVD with a forward from Terry Gilliam???

  • CosmoNewanda

    This breaks my heart.

  • yocean

    I'm a dramatic writer learning ropes in producing and has few producer friends and I assure you, Bradley, THIS IS HOW NOT TO BE A PRODUCER YOU TESTICLE BRAINED, GOLD FOAMING EGO-MORONIC DUMBASS! Y!OU GIVE PRODUCING A BAD NAME!

  • tamatha_uhmelmahaye

    Thanks for this depressing post, SLW. At least we'll always have this trailer.

  • Mrcreosote

    So let me get this straight. A group of people got together and had the money, drive and gumption to release a good half dozen "scary" movies. They wrote scripts, built sets, got permits for filming and catering, stopped some traffic, rehearsed, trained some animals, got some people to do some fairly involved FX, got Lindsay Lohan AND Charlie Sheen to approximate sobriety for about 15 contigious minutes, put together a marketing campaign, printed posters, cut bumpers for Big Fred and the Ooze the morning zoo on 98.3 the Home of Rock, got the various B and C level stars to show up at events to promote the movie distributed it to theaters and collected money all for a piece of shit series that makes Custer's Last Stand look like Gengis Kahn's march. AND YET A FUNNY LITTLE MOVIE STARRING A HOST OF TALENTED AND FUNNY MOVIE GETS TO LANGUISH IN LIMBO FOREVER BECAUSE OF EDITING DIFFERENCES??
    Forget the darkest timeline this is a fucking Dystopian Theme Park.

  • McSquish

    Noooooo! That looked so fun! And I want to love Steve Zahn again. And see if Danny Pudi works outside of Community. Boo.

  • lowercase_ryan

    Fucking nerd egos man.

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