Saturday, 19 July 2014

New one sheet for Kevin Smith's Tusk arrives online

Kevin Smith mentioned a possible retirement from filmmaking a while back, but he's since hit an unexpected creative streak, knocking out no fewer than five screenplays in the last year. It began with Clerks III and finally Tusk, which has recently completed shooting and is set for planned autumn release. Marking that occasion, Smith has revealed a new Tusk one sheet ahead of the trailer reveal at this month's Comic Con.

Smith has, however, revealed a slight bump in the road to the third Clerks instalment. His usual Clerks patron Harvey Weinstein has declined to provide the film's $6m budget. The Weinsteins will, however, happily distribute the film when it eventually materialises, leaving Smith to raise the funds from other sources.

"They passed," he told Screen International. "I went in with a $6m budget and they were like, 'Oh no, Kevin, this is too high'. Bob offered us distribution but they weren't going to finance it." Far from a falling out, however, Smith has since clarified that their relationship remains amicable.

As for Smith's other projects? Tusk is a creepy psychological horror film based around a man with a walrus obsession and the journalist who has a very unusual time when he approaches him for a story. Michael Parks (Django Unchained) is the Walrus Man, with Justin Long (Drag Me To Hell) as the hack.

Smith has also now written a spin-off to that film, in the oddly titled crime comedy Yoga Hosers. "There are two characters in a convenience store in Tusk that you see for five minutes, very much Rosencrantz and Guildenstern," he says. "I've built a whole movie around them and I have brought one of the other characters from Tusk back."

Then there's the Christmas themed horror "Anti-Klaus (formerly Comes The Krampus) and a sitcom pilot that's now seeing some action... and now I'm in the middle of Moose Jaws..."

Plenty to come then, although which project comes first after Tusk remains to be seen. Will we be back at the Quick Stop with Dante and Randal sooner rather than later? Or will Smith's new-found horror kick keep him in business for the foreseeable future? Expect a few more answers at Comic-Con in a couple of weeks.

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