It was at the San Diego Comic-Con 2011 when the world got its first look at Joe Lynch’s next film, The Knights of Badassdom. The crowd went completely wild. The movie has a great cast, tons of energy, and looks like an absolute blast. But then it came…. silence. A disturbing silence.
Out of nowhere word of a buyer’s screening taking place in Los Angeles hit our radar. We immediately started doing some digging, and what we found left us with our jaws on the floor. A site, created by someone we can only assume is an investor in the film, called Badassdom.com sheds some sobering light on this really ludicrous and sad situation.
According to it the film that will be screened for buyers on Tuesday, March 5, 2013, at AMC Century City titled Knights of BADASSDOM is not the REAL Knights of BADASSDOM. The last known cut of the REAL Knights of BADASSDOM was seen in July 2011, just before Joe Lynch and key members of the cast of the film took the stage at Comic-Con to promote their picture and Joe Lynch’s vision.
So what is showing? Apparently, from what we understand, the cut being screened tomorrow night is a rushed, thrown together version that Lynch has nothing to do with and is in no way a refection of his vision of the movie. The site goes on to reveal that basically the film has been taken hostage by certain entities at IndieVest Pictures, and they have been screwing things up as much as possible for a while now.
Wade Bradley is the named culprit on the site, and apparently he has been editing the movie without the involvement of the producers and/or the director. “Mr. Bradley set about editing KoB independently and in violation of his contract with director Joe Lynch per the Directors Guild of America Creative Rights Handbook. The most recent edit is roughly 70 minutes long and includes significant changes to the original story and concept.”
Click on the above link to read what is basically an open letter to the IndieVest Board of Directors. How will they react now that this situation has been brought to light? Who knows? We’ll be following this story closely from here on out and will let you know once we have something solid. In the interim the only thing that we can report for sure is that Lynch and his film are without question the victims of some truly under the table business dealings, and we hope that this situation can be rectified ASAP.
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