Trailer Tuesday: Knights of Badassdom
Let's be honest up front here. Reign in your excitement right now because you may never get to watch horror comedy Knights of Badassdom. And I'm not just talking about watching it legally.
Shot in 2010, the film has been sitting on a shelf or the past 2 years because of apparent issues regarding the film's financial backers. In short, dodgy dealings are afoot at the indie studio releasing the film, with the result being that Badassdom's debut - in any format - has has been indefinitely halted.
This is disappointing because Knights of Badassdom is clearly geek catnip: Game of Thrones' Peter Dinklage, True Blood's Ryan Kwanten, Firefly's Summer Glau and Community's Danny Pudi all in one film about LARPing (Live Action Role Playing). Basically, a large medieval fantasy LARP goes horribly wrong when Steve Zahn's dorky "wizard" accidentally summons a genuine succubus. Suddenly the LARPers must make the transition from playing heroes to being them for real. Kwanten plays Zahn's cynical, non-geek brother for the record.
Unsurprisingly, when the trailer for Knights of Badassdom screened at the 2011 San Diego Comic-Con, the crowd went wild...
Only for the project to disappear off the radar for over a year. Hmmph.
Sure we shouldn't expect the most technically polished effort from Knights of Badassdom, but it looks like a lot of fun, made with attention to detail - and I'd certainly watch it, even if it was just at home.
Knights of Badassdom is supposedly now going to open in North America sometime in the first half of 2013. However, considering we're now approaching March and the film's nasty-looking, outdated official site is free from any information - or even fan engagement - I remain skeptical about the possibility of this one even going direct-to-download before June.
In the meantime, if you feel the need for a low budget horror comedy, I suggest you seek out the very clever redneck role-reversal tale Tucker & Dale Vs. Evil. It stars another Firefly alumnus, the ever-reliable-for-a-laugh Alan Tudyk.