Fans of Kevin Smith are already aware that Smith has been shooting a horror film based on a story he and long-time producing partner Scott Mosier originated on an episode of their SModcast. The film, Tusk, has been in development since early November.
Tusk is Smith’s upcoming horror film based on a story from a SModcast episode. Justin Long stars as Wallace Bryton, who goes missing while interviewing a strange seafarer named Mr. Howe (Michael Parks, who starred in Smith’s previous film Red State). Bryton’s best friend and podcast co-host, Teddy Craft (Haley Joel Osment) teams up with his girlfriend (Génesis Rodríguez) to find him. However, things go very awry as Mr. Howe is determined to transform Wallace into some kind of human walrus.
While his original plan was to rush the film for the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, Smith is very happy with the final product and is holding it back so he can add in some 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 intended to debut a trailer which we did not get.
Any teases or promotional material that has been released for the film has mostly been coming from Smith himself. Usually posting pictures via his Instagram. Additionally, Smith has addressed the film’s similarities with other (extreme) horror films but goes on to describes the film as such:
“TUSK is the best flick with which I’ve ever been involved. Holy shit, did Michael Parks and Justin Long CRUSH it! This flick is like porn if you like to watch actors emote and say fucked up things about shipwrecks and sharks and Ernest Hemmingway and walruses and terror and madness. “
If the premise of the movie isn’t weird enough. During an interview, Justin Long was quoted as saying simply:
“Johnny Depp is in that one.”
Given the film’s true-story origins, it would suggest that Depp will be playing Guy LaPointe in the movie, the French Canadian cop who’s part was originally offered to Quentin Tarantino, before the director passed it up because he had “no interest in acting at the moment.”
Smith has appeared on talk-shows, podcasts, and interviews for months now drumming up anticipation. You can hear him describe a little more about the film which he has obviously honed down to the bare essentials whenever promoting the film.
Tusk started filming on November 4th and has been in post-production fora while. However, a teaser poster has been released for the film to give you an idea on what kind of tone Smith and his team are going for.
The distribution company A24 has signed on for the movie, and while no release date has been announced yet, the film is expected to get a conventional theater release sometime in the third quarter of this year.
Images: Kevin Smith, A24