Joe Lynch’s Knights of Badassdom will finally get a UK release on Monday 3rd November.
The film will be released straight to VOD, roughly four years after it originally began production. The movie, co-written by Matt Wall and Kevin Dreyfuss, stars none other than Peter Dinklage, Steve Zahn and True Blood’s Ryan Kwanten as three live action role-playing gamers who go to an event in the woods to help Kwanten’s Joe to get over being dumped. While there, they unwittingly read from a real spell book and unleash a succubus upon the group (which also includes Summer Glau and Danny Pudi).
Games of Thrones, Community and Firefly alumni? A film about geeks that doesn’t use them as the butt of a joke? Knights of Badassdom was all set for a fan-pleasing release, until it came to light that the movie had undergone serious post-production issues. After an initial reveal at Comic-Con in 2012, the film was apparently cut from the original, director’s cut of 90 minutes to another, 70-minute version – which Joe Lynch confirmed on Twitter.
It was in February this year that the movie was eventually released in the US, both in a limited theatrical run and on VOD – although there was still word of a troubled post-production, with ADR for Peter Dinklage’s character possibly recorded by someone else. While Entertainment One picked up the American rights, though, House Distribution UK Ltd are the ones who have snapped up the movie for UK distribution.
After its release date was pushed back from this summer, we can now confirm that you will be able to watch Knights of Badassdom online in the UK legally from Monday 3rd November. The 86-minute cut is the same version that hit US cinemas – i.e. not Lynch’s original version – but unlike the US, the movie will only be available on VOD in the UK.
At the time of writing, we can confirm that the film will be available to rent from Film4oD, Virgin Movies on Demand, EE and TalkTalk, as well as rent and download to own on blinkbox and iTunes. It is available to pre-order on iTunes now.