Two years ago the trailer for Knights of Badassdom, a LARPing comedy directed by Wrong Turn 2 helmer Joe Lynch, killed at Comic Con. The premise is delightful: a group of nerdy LARPers (including Game of Thrones' Peter Dinklage, Community's Danny Pudi and Serenity's Summer Glau) come upon a real Lovecraftian horror that threatens the world, and they must defeat it. The trailer was simply great.
And then... nothing.
Knights of Badassdom just sort of sat around for years. The story behind its delay is ugly and kind of stupid - the production company behind the film, IndieVest, seems to have been run into the ground through terrible and possibly fraudulent business practices, and the owner of that company has stolen the film from Lynch and made his own 70 minute cut.
That cut will be screening tomorrow in Los Angeles for potential buyers, and one original investor in the film is unhappy. He's created a website that explains the long and tumultuous financial history of IndieVest and Knights of Badassdom, and places all the blame square on IndieVest honcho Wade Bradley. It's a pretty dispiriting read, seeing how a movie can get so totally fucked by behind the scenes jerks running what seems to amount to scams.
All hope is not yet lost; it's not impossible that someone buys the movie and gives it back to Lynch to finish; he had a basic cut back in 2011, and with some time he could go back and finish it up.
Here's the trailer, for those who forgot how cool this movie looked: