Film geeks were left swooning at Comic-Con in San Diego in 2011 after a special preview of fantasy comedy Knights of Badassdom.
The second feature from director Joe Lynch incorporates live action role playing (or ‘LARPers’), which is the dork version of main lining heroin, and comedy, resulting in an action movie that left its audience hungry for more.
However, that is the last we have heard from the project, until now. Yes, it seems the movie had gone quiet after filmmaker Lynch fell out with producer Wade Bradley. Lynch was subsequently fired from the project, leaving Bradley to cut and sell the film himself.
Now, website Badassdom.com, which clearly is on the side of Lynch, has finally updated its content and features an open letter to fans.
It reads: “is not the REAL Knights of BADASSDOM. The last known cut of the REAL Knights of Badassdom was seen in July 2011, just before many of you saw Joe Lynch and key members of the cast of the film take the stage at Comic-Con to promote their picture and Joe Lynch’s vision.”
Apparently, Bradley is screening his new 70-minute cut to potential investors in Los Angeles this week. Also, the site claims that the film has been wrestled from the clutches of production company IndieVest to a new company named Media Society.
Of course, like any jilted director Lynch is not happy. On his Twitter account last Saturday the director simply wrote: #NotMyCut.
Just to add some balance to all this, Bradley has told Slashfilm that he refutes the claims made by Badassdom.com and intends to make a statement later this week.
For anyone unfamiliar with Hollywood politics and power struggles, this kind of situation almost never ends well. What is even more distressing is that the Comic Con screening was such a success.
It seemed that Lynch had firmly nailed his geek credentials to the mast by ingeniously casting a whole host of fantasy and sci-fi alumni, including Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones), Ryan Kwanten (True Blood) and Summer Glau (Firefly).
By the end of this week there could more Knights of Badassdom developments, and news of a potential buyer, so stay tuned.
Source: Ain’t It Cool News