Gaming, Movies

SDCC 2013: Nerdist Enters Film Distribution, Picks up Zero Charisma



Technically, Nerdist is part of Legendary, which has little problem finding distribution channels for gargantuan properties like 300 and Pacific Rim. At Comic Con, however, Nerdist announced a new distribution partnership with Tribeca Films to release Zero Charisma, the decidedly non-gargantuan yet festival-popular comedy about role-playing gamers, and the conflict between two dungeon masters. One is the more stereotypical overweight/mom’s basement nerd, while the other is a neo-hipster nerd who goes on about his hot girlfriend (i.e. exactly the kind of nerd Chris Hardwick gets accused of being).

It’s not clear if Nerdist has plans to distribute more movies in the future; I’d suspect it depends on how well this one does. But in an era where arthouse divisions at the big studios are going by the wayside, it’s interesting and cool to see Legendary indirectly create a potential new one…and one specifically targeting a certain demographic at that. Ours.

Nerdist-channel exclusive clips of the movie after the jump…

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Luke Y. Thompson has been writing professionally about movies and pop-culture since 1999, and has also been an actor in some extremely cheap culty and horror movies you will probably never hear much about (he is nonetheless mostly proud of them, as he met his wife on one). As editor of The Robot's Voice since 2012, he can take the blame for the majority of the site's content, all of which he creates because he loves you very, very much. (Although he loves nachos more. Sorry.) Prior to TRV, Luke wrote for publications that include the New Times LA, Los Angeles CityBeat, E! Online, OC Weekly, Geekweek, GeekChicDaily, The L.A. Times, The Village Voice, LA Weekly, and Nerdist