Director Kevin Smith Makes History in Film-NFT Rights Acquisition Deal, Distributing New Film “Killroy Was Here” with Legendao, Powered by Secret Network
This marks first time a film is minted as an NFT, revolutionizing the future of digital distribution for creators and owners alike
Filmmaker Kevin Smith announced that he and his producers Jordan Monsanto of SmodCo and David Shapiro of Semkhor have partnered with Secret Network’s Legendao to launch NFTs of Smith’s Horror Anthology: Killroy Was Here. This launch represents the first time in history that a movie will be released via NFT, expanding the possibilities of what NFTs can provide in a quickly evolving entertainment business.
Directed by Smith from a script by Smith and Andy McElfresh, KillRoy Was Here is a throwback anthology horror film featuring a creature that kills evil adults at the behest of victimized kids.
The movie itself, exclusive content from the film, behind-the-scenes footage, and a commentary track will be launched as a 5,555-piece generative art NFT collection on Legendao, Secret Network’s primary NFT minting platform.
Legendao will collaborate with Semkhor and Curio, the premier NFT platform for entertainment brands, to produce the KillRoy Was Here collection. This NFT release follows SCRT Labs’ Tarantino NFT collaboration with director and filmmaker Quentin Tarantino in January.
The 5,555 buyers of the Killroy Was Here NFT will have exclusive ownership to:
- One-of-a-kind Killroy art
- Viewing Access to the film that will be unavailable to anyone else without the special “crypto key” the NFT provides
- Behind-the-scenes footage
More uniquely, the Killroy NFT offers the opportunity for art collectors to become artistic collaborators in creating the sequel to the film.
“When you buy the Killroy NFT, you get exclusive access to the movie,” said Smith. “But more importantly, the specific version of Killroy you get is YOUR Killroy to do with whatever you want: Make your own movie, turn it into a cartoon, license him for lunchboxes! We started the story, now YOU get to continue it with your very own version of our titular character! And along with a brand new chapter I’ll shoot next year, the shorts and animation that the KillRoy NFT owners create with their own Killroy’s will make up the bulk of our sequel anthology. The Killroy NFT offers an exciting and unique opportunity to go from art collector to collaborating artist!”
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“This release is made possible by Secret Network’s Legendao NFT technology, which ensures that the NFT content can only be accessed by the owner themselves,” said Guy Zyskind, CEO of SCRT Labs, which powers Legendao and Secret Network. “It opens the door for distributing all kinds of digital content as NFTs: Movies, TV shows, music – anything – can be reshaped for Web3.”