Kevin Smith’s second romp into horror is entitled Tusk. What we know is that Michael Parks and Justin Long are set to star in the film that has one dude turn another dude into a walrus. Yeah, sounds like something out of a bad Beatles Acid trip. Read on for the goods.
Some new developments have come forth and Kevin Smith did write up a guest post for The Hollywood Reporter, wherein he opened up about someone who will not be appearing in the movie: Quentin Tarantino.
In the article Smith talks about how he offered Tarantino the role of a French-Canadian cop who is hunting down the aforementioned dude that’s trying to turn another dude into a walrus, but Tarantino rejected the offer. “QT said he dug the script and couldn’t wait to watch Parks let loose his internal Kraken“, Smith writes, “but he had no interest in acting at the moment. It was a bummer, as having Q in the mix would’ve been poetic.”
Smith also wrote about the future of the project – which Blumhouse Productions bailed on – leaving Silent Bob without enough money to actually make the movie. Though he was feeling that the project was going to end up dead in the water, he says he hooked up with production company Dermarest, who brought Tusk back to life. “My walrus was drowning deep in the raging seas of unmade screenplays and Demarest flat-out rescued Tusk,” Smith wrote.
The film is set to begin shooting in November, with a planned premiere at next year’s Sundance Film Festival on the 20th anniversary of the premiere of Clerks.
Check out the press release below, and be sure to read Smith’s entire post over on The Hollywood Reporter for more details about the project!
From the Press Release
Financier and production company DEMAREST FILMS (Machete Kills, A Most Wanted Man) will underwrite and produce visionary director Kevin Smith’s next film, the audacious and utterly terrifying Tusk.
Tusk, which commences principal photography in Charlotte, North Carolina, on November 4, will star Justin Long (Live Free or Die Hard, A Case of You) and cult favorite Michael Parks (Red State, Django Unchained). Smith will direct his own script, which evolved from Episode 259 of his long-running podcast with Scott Mosier, the award-winning SModcast. Tusk’s horror story follows a podcaster who sets out to interview an eccentric, reclusive old seafarer, only to find himself a plaything in the gruesome plot of a deranged killer.
Demarest’s Sam Englebardt and William D. Johnson will produce Tusk alongside Shannon McIntosh for Smith’s SModcast Pictures banner. Demarest’s David Greathouse and Jennifer Schwalbach are executive producers. SModCo’s Jordan Monsanto and Chris Parkinson, the author of the hoax walrus ad, are associate producers.
Demarest CEO Sam Englebardt said of Tusk, “Demarest is a director-driven company, and Kevin has always been at the top of our list of filmmakers with whom we want to work.”
Chairman William D. Johnson added, “We are hugely excited to see what results when Kevin applies his brilliant, twisted mind to classic horror filmmaking.”
“I can’t thank the good folks at Demarest enough for wading into weird waters with us,” said Smith. “They are the walrus. Goo-goo-gajoob.”
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