You might remember producer Adi Shankar‘s name from that wonderful Punisher short Dirty Laundry, starring Thomas Jane and Ron Pearlman. This time around he’s brought together director Joe Lynch (Knights of Badassdom) and actor Ryan Kwanten to tackle what many Spider-Man fans are clamoring to see, Venom in his own movie.
#TRUTHINJOURNALISM does start out a little slow, but the payoff is incredible. The story picks up where the last Spider-Man movie left off, Eddie Brock is disgraced and working for a cheap news-rag, chasing that big story that will put him back in the lime-light. A documentary crew follows Brock until…
What did you think? Will a studio take a chance on this character? Maybe they could make a Marvel “Suicide Squad / Expendables” type movie , throw in Deadpool, Venom, and some other characters that can’t seem to get their own feature film and let them wreak havoc on some of the governments enemies.
When we first saw it, that image of Game of Thrones star Peter Dinklage in full live-action-role-play garb we knew Knights of Badassdomwas going to be a fun movie. Once we saw the trailer, featuring a blend of comedy, demons, and several notable TV and film stars, we were hooked and all waited for the film to be released. And we waited, and waited, the film should have been released months ago, Hell, a couple of years ago. Sadly, without a distributor, the movie sat undisturbed, gathering dust on the shelf, while fans practically begged for it to be released.
Starring Ryan Kwanten (True Blood), Summer Glau, Steve Zahn, and Community’s Danny Pudi,Knights of Badassdom has been scheduled for release a couple of times over the past few years, although IndieVest PicturesWade Bradley reported the movie was still in “post-production” as of September of last year. There must have been a lot of work to do as the official trailer earlier this year failed to entice or pick up any backers to distribute the comedy, further delaying the release we’ve been patiently waiting for. Finally, after several years of shopping around to potential buyers, Entertainment One, just last week, picked up the rights to distribute and release Knights of Badassdom.
No official release date has been announced since EOne picked up the film, but it’s progress of a sort. Perhaps there’s a chance, even a slim one, that we’ll actually see this reach theaters by the end of the year. Here’s the trailer and the official synopsis.
If that trailer doesn’t sway you, check out the official synopsis:
A huge group of dedicated, costumed LARP-ers (Live Action Role Players), dressed like knights, elves & various characters, give up their cell phones and take to the woods for the Central New Jersey Knights of Badassdom Adventure Society, where they are set to re-enact a dungeons and dragons scenario right out of the mythical Middle Ages. After being dumped by his sexy girlfriend Beth (Margarita Levieva), Joe (Kwanten) reluctantly decides to join Eric (Zahn) and his Larping friends (Dinklage, Pudi) in the woods rather than stay behind and feel sorry for his newly single status. There he meets hot, ass-kicking, intimidating huntress LARPer Gwen (Firefly’s Summer Glau), and finds himself a surreal adventure wilder than he ever imagined when a make-believe wizard casts an all-too-real spell from an ancient book he bought on eBay, releasing an actual demon with a taste for human blood — and souls — that starts systematically decimating the players in this suddenly deadly “game.” Will our guys become the heroes they have been pretending to be before time runs out?
Five bucks says that the first comment about this post will be something along the lines of:
HEY, THIS ISN’T NEW, I SAW THIS MONTHS AGO! ! !
And that comment would be absolutely, positively, 95% accurate. This is pretty much the same as those clips and teaser trailers that came out last year. The difference is that this is the first OFFICIAL TRAILER. The Knights of Badassdom has suffered that dreaded Hollywood fate involving a change in producer after filming wrapped. It doesn’t happen all that often, but when it does it usually spells long delays and re-edits.
The cast is a who’s who of Nerdy favorites. Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones), Summer Glau (Firefly), Ryan Kwanten (True Blood), and Danny Pudi (Community) are all LARPers (Live Action Roleplaying) who accidentally summon an evil succubus demon played by Margarita Levieva (Adventureland) and not only have to clean up the mess, but deal with the consequences.
The material I’ve seen so far leads me to believe that the movie is laughing with LARP-ers and not directly at them. There has to be more than a few LARP enthusiasts in the NerdBastards audience, what’s your take on this trailer? Is it all in fun or do you feel picked on?
The bad news in all this is that there is STILL no release date announced for the movie, Perhaps this “Official release” of the trailer marks the beginning of the marketing machine behind the movie.
The title alone just makes those pants of yours tighten up just enough to want more, but it gets better. Besides a kick-ass name, the film stars Summer Glau, Peter Dinklage, Ryan Kwanten, and Danny Pudi you may just have the best summer movie in forever. You have Serenity‘s River and Game of Thrones Tyrion Lannister, not to mention True Blood‘s Jason Stackhouse, together in one movie. Somebody pinch me.
Directed by Joe Lynch, the film has been announced to release it’s first trailer at San Diego Comic Con (Saturday July 23rd) or everyone to enjoy. As an added bonus for those in attendance Kwanten, Dinklage, Glau and Pudi will all be on hand at the event in support of their upcoming comedic horror style filck. Here’s the official synopsis:
In this humorous fantasy adventure from IndieVest Pictures, Joe (Ryan Kwanten) is a heavy metal rocker who’s just gone through a painful breakup with his girlfriend, Beth (Margarita Levieva). His concerned roommates (Steve Zahn, Peter Dinklage) kidnap him to their LARP (Live Action Role Playing) gathering, where he enters a realm of fantasy escapism in which pretend knights, elves, and barbarians clash with foam weaponry on a mock battlefield. When Joe’s “sorcerer” roommate (Zahn) inadvertently summons a deadly succubus that takes Beth’s seductive form, bloody reality crashes down upon their fantasy world. Once LARPers start to turn up dead, the make-believe wizards and warriors must become the real life heroes they have been pretending to be in order to conquer the evil that has been unleashed.
If that didn’t wet your pants remember, Peter Dinklage, that is all.
True Blood’s Ryan Kwanten stars in this offbeat, endearing, and totally unpredictable romantic comedy about an ordinary guy who dreams of being a superhero after a hard days work. Yep, it’s another one of those movies, but this indie actually looks pretty charming and doesn’t follow the many other reality superhero movies into a depressingly violent and sadistic outlook at trying to be a superhero.
Synopsis: Griff (Kwanten), a shy and awkward office worker by day, finds escape from his ordinary life by assuming the identity of a fantastic superhero each night. Griff’s secret is jeopardized when he meets Melody (Maeve Dermody), a cute but unconventional daydreamer. She quickly becomes fascinated by his idiosyncrasies, which are equal only to her own. In the face of mounting pressure to live in the “real world,” it’s up to Melody to rescue GRIFF THE INVISIBLE for the sake of herself, Griff and their new found love for each other.
So…this teaser trailer for Griff the Invisible is a joke right? Like one of those horrendous spoof movies like Meet the Spartans. Nope, apparently it’s just that bad. Which is a damn shame too because I love it’s star Ryan Kwanten from HBO’s hit show True Blood. While the role as the likable dim wit isn’t much of a stretch for Kwanten the film definitely seems to be lacking something… like a creative concept. Griff looks like any other super-hero movie but with a tagline that reads like a Hallmark card “The Greatest Superpower is Love” it looks even worse than Batman with George Clooney and Chris O’Donnell.
Hopefully, the teaser trailer from indie Austrailan director, Leon Ford isn’t doing the film justice and there is more to this than what meets the eye. Kwanten plays Griff, “a meek office worker by day, but at night he turns into a crime-fighting superhero”. Ok, maybe not. However, what gets me is the fact the stars of the film don’t want to make the fact that they are in this this thing “invisible”. Kwanten and co-star Maeve Dermody both had great things to say about the script. Kwanten was so adamant about getting the role that at the end of his audition tape he shares that,
“I really just wanted to say ‘f**k guys, believe me I can do this. I am right for this’.”
Furthermore Dermody commented on her love for her character,
“I just adore her, and in the same way I just read it and went, ‘I completely need to be near this and be inside it,
I don’t think I’ll ever let it go now, really. I refuse to.”
Wow, all I can say there must be something I’m missing about this “project from down under”. What do you guys think? Check out the teaser trailer after the jump!
Lindsay Lohan is at it again. This time the red headed bombshell came out of the woodwork to go to G-Star’s Tues. Fashion Show just to get all up on Ryan Kwanten. I think I’d want Lindsay lusting after me…But when you read more of the details, you may want to carry a gun instead. (more…)