Salma Hayek (Savages, The Faculty, From Dusk Till Dawn) is set to star in Joe Lynch’s actioner Everly, the new project from Adam Ripp and Rob Paris’s Crime Scene Pictures shingle.
Hayek will star as a down-on-her-luck woman, stuck in her apartment, who must fend off waves of assassins sent by her ex, a dangerous mob boss. She’ll be replacing Kate Hudson, who had previously been earmarked for the role. Yale Hannon penned the script, which was featured on the Hollywood Black List.
The film shoots in Belgrade, Serbia this summer. I’m quite glad Lynch (Wrong Turn 2) is working on a new feature while all of the business malarky around Knights Of Badassdom (hopefully) gets sorted out. Everly apparently takes place in one room, I’m not sure why that room needs to be in Serbia – but I’m speaking with Lynch soon and will find out.
Yuck. I’ve been anxiously waiting to see The Knights of Badassdom for over two years now. But the version I’ve been dying for is the 90 minute Joe Lynch cut – not this alleged 70 minute version that was assembled by an IndieVest CEO seemingly intent on selling the film without regard for continuity or quality. I’ve reached out to Lynch who has declined to comment. If any of you attend this screening, please be aware of the possibility that you are not seeing the film as it was intended.
If this open letter – which I recommend you read in its entirety – to the board of IndieVest directors is indeed correct, its CEO Wade Bradley has done quite the hack job on the edit, cutting both producer Mark Burton and writer Matt Wall (not to mention Joe Lynch) out of the process. In fact, the letter goes so far as to say, “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.”
In case you’ve been under a rock for the past few years, here’s the synposis (of Lynch’s version anyway, lord knows what the new cut is about),”In this comedic fantasy adventure, 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 join forces with other adventurers (Summer Glau, Danny Pudi) to become the real life heroes they have been pretending to be and conquer the unleashed evil.”
If a buyer happens to pick up this film tomorrow, let’s pray it’s one who will readily confer with Lynch and release his director’s cut. If whomever buys it shows no intention of doing so, an online petition/letter writing campaign might be in order. READ MORE
Last week while Bloody Disgusting was on the Los Angeles set of Takashi Shimizu’s new film, 7500, we had a chance to sit down with Ryan Kwanten (“True Blood”, Red Hill) and talk about his current projects. While I can’t say too much about 7500 right now, Kwanten was able to give us a few (mostly speculative) updates on the 5th Season of “True Blood” as well as Joe Lynch’s The Knights Of Badassdom.
I asked Kwanten if he could comment on rumors that “True Blood” Season 5 would content that might upset the conservative religious right far more than prior seasons, “Uh, no I can’t really [comment] on that.”
Have they started breaking stories? “They have. We start shooting [the new season] at the end of the month. They’ve been kind enough [on 7500] to schedule my stuff up front to accommodate”.
On how his character in Knights Of Badassdom differs from Jason Stackhouse. “I get the feeling Jason’s [humor] is more situational. He’s not, I don’t play him with the intention of hoping people laugh at it. I play the situation for real and it’s the situation that’s funny. With ‘Knights Of Badassdom’ it’s playing the straight guy. And I’m surrounding myself with great character actors like Steve Zahn and Peter Dinklage who very much add that nice comedic flavor to it. That was a nice challenge for me to sort of drop all sense of pretense and trust the people around me. It’s more of a character driven piece for me, it’s nice. I’m really looking forward to it, I’m not sure win they’re going to release it. I’d assume midway though next year.”
7500 lands in theaters on August 31, 2012. Expect more updates, and our full set report, as that date approaches. READ MORE
Update: We’ve now added the full schedule inside for Sunday, July 24.
Over the past few days, we’ve been weeding through the San Diego Comic-Con 2011 schedule to bring you to juicy bits that’ll satisfy your hunger for horror. Compared to yesterday’s schedule, it looks like Saturday, July 23 is light on film coverage and more geared toward television and comics (big surprise!).
On Saturday, Joe Lynch’s Knights of Badassdom and Francis Ford Coppola’s TWIXT get some love, the latter of which will involve the audience in a dress rehearsal of the completely unique and innovative way they plan on performing it (WTF). On the TV front, SyFy’s Sanctuary and Being Human will be bringing their supernatural flavor to San Diego, while vampires prove they’re still in vogue with panels for True Blood and The Vampires Diaries. Even Teen Wolf will be strutting its stuff. Robert Kirkman is also taking the stage again – multiple times, even – and Garth Ennis and Frank Miller discuss their genre works. Check out the full schedule inside.
Last night we delivered the full schedules from “Preview Night” and Thursday, July 21 (opening day), now inside you’ll find the full schedule for the San Diego Comic-Con Friday, July 22.
Friday is loaded with all sorts of madness: Fox will show their pilot presentation for Joe Hill’s “Locke & Key,” directed by Mark Romanek. AMC brings the cast of “The Walking Dead” to the Con. Legendary Pictures will have various panels for movies that aren’t comic book related and aren’t even filmed yet (I still think this is hilarious). Screen Gems will show the first footage from Underworld 4. Dreamworks pimps out Fright Night. And Columbia Pictures will share the first footage from Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance. It all sounds pretty awesome. Check out the full schedule inside.
I love standing firm on a promise, having kept our San Diego Comic-Con news leading up to the July 20th event to an absolute minimum. But reader beware: Bloody Disgusting’s front page is going to be a gooey explosion, an absolute onslaught of coverage come that Wednesday.
Speaking of Wednesday, July 20, the Con has revealed the official lineup for both “Preview Night” and Thursday, July 21. So instead of filling up the front page with an individual story on EACH announcement, we’ve jam-packed it all into this one tidy post (ok, I’m OCD about organization, what the hell do you want from me?)
We’ll hit you up with the details on the other three days as soon as they’re announced.
Is this a good time to declare my disdain for the direction Comic-Con has taken? Not only are studios flaunting films that AREN’T at all comic book related, but now they’re wasting time and space over movies that haven’t even been filmed? Good grief.
In an announcement that Warner Bros. Pictures’ Pacific Rim will have a San Diego Comic-Con presence, it was revealed that Rinko Kikuchi (47 Ronin ) will be starring alongside Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba and Charlie Day in Guillermo del Toro’s creature feature, reports Heat Vision. Legendary Pictures will bring all aforementioned talent to the Con as well as screenwriter Travis Beacham.
They also reveal that Jeff Bridges, Ben Barnes and Alicia Vikander will be on hand to talk about Seventh Son, the company’s adaptation of the young adult fantasy based on the Matt Greenberg book with the project’s director, Sergei Bodrov.
Director Alex Proyas (The Crow, Knowing) and Bradley Cooper will chat about Paradise Lost while the creator of video game Mass Effect, Casey Hudson, and the man writing its screen adaptation, Mark Protosevich, will kibitz about that sci-fi project.
We promised not to overload you with pointless San Diego Comic-Con leading up to the event, and we’re keeping that promise. Other than a heavy Fright Night presence, it was revealed to us today that Joe Lynch will be in Hall H on Saturday, July 23 at 2:15 PM presenting the first ever footage from The Knights of Badassdom, which includes will includes a Comic-Con exclusive trailer and a panel discussion/Q&A with stars Ryan Kwanten (HBO’s “True Blood”), Peter Dinklage (HBO’s “Game of Thrones”), Summer Glau (“Firefly,” “The Sarah Connor Chronicles”), Danny Pudi (NBC’s “Community”), Margarita Levieva, and director Joe Lynch (Wrong Turn 2)!
In addition, we’ve got the first details on Francis Ford Coppola’s top secret Twixt, which stars Val Kilmer, Bruce Dern, Elle Fanning, and Ben Chaplin. With a time yet to be set, Francis Ford Coppola and Dan Deacon will be showing footage and participating in a Q+A session Saturday, July 23. The first plot details have been revealed inside.