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Knights of Badassdom Will Probably Never Be Released

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Industry | March 5, 2013 |

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Industry | March 5, 2013 |

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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