Kevin Smith’s next picture, which has been in the works for years, is finally being released, but only a select few will be able to view it. “KillRoy Was Here,” a comedy-horror anthology, will be offered exclusively through 5,555 NFTs.
The “KillRoy” NFTs will be available on the Legendao platform in the following three months. They’ll come with the film, behind-the-scenes video, a commentary track, and exclusive artwork. Without the specific “crypto key” provided by the NFT, anybody else will be unable to view the film.
This is the sole intended distribution strategy for the film at this time, so Smith fans shouldn’t expect to see it in a cinema or on Netflix.
Smith debuted the “KillRoy Was Here” teaser during a virtual Comic-Con in summer 2020. The title character is inspired by the “Kilroy was here” graffiti trend that began in the 1940s: A doodle of a bald-headed man peering over a wall, his big nose clearly stretched.
Smith likened it to George A. Romero’s 1982 anthology “Creepshow” and Brad Miska’s 2012 film “V/H/S.” Children chanting curses, an alligator hunter, an old woman with a weed-grow operation, a paedophile priest, and plenty of gore were all featured in the trailer.
The film’s journey to release has been long and winding. Smith and Andrew McElfresh co-wrote the script, which was originally set to focus on the activities of Krampus before Michael Dougherty released a film about the legendary creature.
Before his heart attack in 2018, Smith began working on “KillRoy” with students from Ringling College of Art and Design. He shelved the project after his recovery and instead made and released “Jay and Silent Bob Reboot” in 2019.
According to an official press release, the “KillRoy” NFT also allows art collectors to become artistic collaborators in the creation of the film’s sequel.
“You receive unique access to the movie when you buy the KillRoy NFT,” Smith stated in a statement. “But, more significantly, the KillRoy you receive is YOUR KillRoy, so you can do whatever you want with him: make your own movie, turn him into a cartoon, licence him for lunchboxes!” We started the story, and now it’s up to you to finish it with your own version of our main character! The shorts and animation that the KillRoy NFT owners create with their own KillRoys will make up the bulk of our sequel anthology, coupled with a fresh new chapter I’ll shoot next year. The KillRoy NFT provides a thrilling and once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to transition from art collector to collaborator!”
In the last year, Hollywood has begun to embrace NFTs in the midst of a blockchain-based technology craze. NFTs, according to filmmakers and executives, provide a new way for creators to communicate with their audiences, raise money, create new distribution windows, and allow fans to participate in the creative process.
In February, Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine announced a deal with NFT collective World of Women to adapt its stories into films and television shows, while Anthony Hopkins’ “Zero Contact” is being released by NFT in addition to Lionsgate’s Grindstone Entertainment.
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