Though Kevin Smith was always known as the funny fat guy, churning out hilarious movies like Clerks and Mallrats, he proved in 2011 that he’s just as capable of flexing his dark side as he is his funny side, with the highly unexpected horror flick Red State. A tale of religion taken to frightening extremes, Red State was one of my personal favorite movies released that year, and I hoped that horror was something Smith would continue to delve into.
Needless to say, I was quite excited to learn that his next film would indeed be of the horror variety. Titled Tusk, and set for release in 2014, the film stars Red State‘s Michael Parks as a madman who’s hell-bent on turning a human being into a walrus, and he finds his victim in a podcaster played by Justin Long. Not much is known about the movie aside from that, but I think I probably speak for everyone reading this when I say that I don’t need to hear much more than that, to put Tusk at the tippy top of my list of most anticipated movies of 2014.
Though Clerks 3 is set to be Smith’s next film, he just took to his official Facebook page to reveal some exciting details about a future project, which has more in common with Red State and Tusk than it does any movie Jay and Silent Bob ever appeared in. Yep, Smith has got yet another horror film up the sleeves of that hockey jersey he doesn’t seem to be able to take off, and this one sounds even wilder than the last!
In the long-winded Facebook post, Smith first talks about his career, explaining that Tusk reinvigorated his interest in filmmaking, and made him realize that he is from this point forward only interested in making the kinds of movies he’s truly passionate about making. “From now until I drop dead,” he writes, “I’m only ever gonna make a flick that only I would/could ever make.”
This statement serves as the perfect introduction to Helena Handbag, a new horror screenplay he’s working on. Just like Tusk, the idea behind the story came from an episode of Smith’s SModcast, and he describes the wild and whacky film as such…
“…the plot of the movie concerns mankind teaming up with Hell to save existence from extinction at the hands of a Rapturing giant Jesus.”
While he admits that he wouldn’t be surprised if no company ever wants to actually grant a budget to such an off the wall concept, Smith remains hopeful that it’ll someday find its way in front of cameras. “I won’t be heartbroken if it never goes beyond the script,” he says. “But… if the script is funny enough? Who knows? That walrus movie seemed pretty daffy and far-fetched until we were standing on the Tusk set bringing that shit to life four months and change after first making it up in episode 259 of SModcast.”
Smith’s plan is to shoot Clerks 3 this coming May, and only time will tell is Helena Handbag follows in its wake. Here’s to hoping!