While most people in Hollywood keep their creative process secret, Kevin Smith is an open book. He loves to let his fans in on every thought and idea, which usually means we get to imagine various different projects in various different forms. Every creative type changes their mind about things; usually, however, they do it in private. Not Smith.
In Smith’s world, he continues to keep us in the loop. His retirement, Hit Somebody, Clerks the Musical, and Clerks III have all taken various different forms over the years and yet none have seen the light of day. It’s just how Smith prefers to work, with his heart on his sleeve.
The latest change relates to Helena Handbag, a script Smith started writing based on a Smodcast story. It’s about “mankind teaming up with Hell to save existence from extinction at the hands of a Rapturing giant Jesus” and while Smith originally thought he could make it as a low budget feature, now he’s developing it as a stage musical. Read More »
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Kevin Smith has talked about the possibility of impending retirement from feature film directing, but that isn’t how things are going down. Instead, Smith seems to be moving into his most fertile period yet. When Red State bowed in 2011 Smith said he would follow it with his final film, the hockey story Hit Somebody. That mutated into a (possible) television series, and Smith had Clerks III on his plate, before announcing the strange horror film Tusk. That was announced this past fall and shot in November, with a bit of work still to do in January.
Indeed, Smith seems to have new directorial vigor, at least when it comes to getting things written and shot. Clerks III remains on the horizon — Smith says a May 2014 shoot window is open — but now there’s another project.
Helena Handbag will be written by Smith based on a a Smodcast story by he and longtime producer Scott Mosier. What’s the tale? In Smith’s own words, “mankind teaming up with Hell to save existence from extinction at the hands of a Rapturing giant Jesus.” Read More »
Sundance 2014 just got a something new and something old. The festival, which takes place January 16-26 in Park City, UT just added the world premiere of Wish I Was Here, Zack Braff‘s comedy, which the writer/director created through KickStarter. It co-stars Kate Hudson, Mandy Patinkin, Josh Gad, Ashley Greene and Joey King.
The festival also confirmed Kevin Smith‘s reveal from a few weeks back that a 20th anniversary screening of Clerks will be part of the programming. Sundance, of course, is where Clerks first debuted, kicking off Smith’s career. Read more details below. Read More »
Kevin Smith‘s online ad- turned- podcast turned- screenplay turned- horror movie Tusk has just been picked up for distribution. A24 Films, the team behind The Spectacular Now and Spring Breakers (and which recently signed an exclusive deal with Amazon), will give the film a wide release in the third quarter of 2014. Read the full press release below. Read More »
As can occasionally happen in the new world of Kevin Smith, the writer/director/podcaster/film geek came online Tuesday and dropped a massive update on his upcoming film Tusk. Smith has tons of praise for the film, which finished principal photograph last month, and has only two more days of filming to go once a mystery actor becomes available.
While his original plan was to rush the film for the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, Smith is so happy with the final product he’s holding it back so he can add in those final scenes and give the film a “monster movie score!” He’s hired Chris Drake (The Dark Knight Returns animated films) to do that. Instead of showing the movie at Sundance, he’ll debut a trailer in Park City.
Read much more, including where Smith could film Clerks III, and see some artwork for the in-film podcast featuring Justin Long and Haley Joel Osment, below. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, November 19th, 2013 by Angie Han
The first image from Kevin Smith‘s Tusk wasn’t a disappointment, exactly, but considering the film’s wackadoo premise — man tries to turn hostage into walrus-man hybrid — it was really rather tame. The craziest thing about it was how much older Sixth Sense star Haley Joel Osment looks these days.
Happily, the latest picture should do a much better job of satisfying horror fans’ craving for something weird. The filmmaker has just offered a new peek at the design for the bizarre half-walrus, half-man creature. Check it out after the jump.
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Kevin Smith is just over a week into production on Tusk, his true-life inspired horror film starring Michael Parks and Justin Long, the latter playing a man who is forced to dress up as a walrus.
You can read a bunch more about the film here, but Smith just tweeted the first image of the set featuring himself, and co-stars Haley Joel Osment and Genesis Rodriguez. Read More »
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Kevin Smith moderated a chat with Zack Snyder over the weekend to promote the blu-ray release of Man of Steel, and while there wasn’t a lot of big overt news about the film, a couple of small things did end up online. One was in the fan Q&A itself, in which Snyder dropped a small reference to Lex Luthor, in a way that suggests Luthor will be in Batman vs. Superman.
And then Smith, on one of his own podcasts, said that he’s seen the new Batsuit, and promises that it represents a new direction for Batman on film. Read More »