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Smith talks Hornet!

02.19.2004

Say what you want about Kevin Smith, this is one film director that is in touch with his fans. I should know, I'm one of them. I sat for countless hours on his message boards waiting for the Big News and hung my head with the others when it was delayed not once, but three times. When it finally was revealed that Kev will be writing and directing THE GREEN HORNET for Miramax there was excitement, fan pride, and even some sighs of a letdown. However his fans felt, Smith was back on the board less than twenty-four hours later to answer all the questions from his anxious followers. In the post below he covers everything from what kind of car will be used for HORNET to why JERSEY GIRL has been moved back a week. From the man himself.....


HOW DID THIS HAPPEN?
We were in the editing room on "Jersey Girl" a few months back, swapping out a song, and Jon Gordon (friend and Miramax exec) was on the phone, talking about something comic-book sounding. When he got off, I asked him what he was talking about, and he said "Green Hornet." I said "You guys have 'Green Hornet'? Who's directing?" He said "Nobody yet. You wanna do it?" I said "Harvey would never give me that movie." He said "You got a take on it?" I said "I've had a take on it that's been sitting on the hard drive of every computer I've
had since '95, when I was asked to come up with a take on it while working on 'Rats' at Universal." So I told him about it, he said "I love that. Lemme run it past Harvey." Jon runs it past Harvey, and Harvey says "I'm into it. Tell him to write up an outline." So I started an outline... 'til the feet started to get cold. "This is too big," I fretted. "I'm not an action director. I’m gonna pooch it if I try.” So I wrote Jon an email, informing him that I was bowing out. He asked if I’d written any of the outline, and I told him I had two pages. He insisted I send them in. I did, and he gave them to Harvey, who read the pages, called me, and said “This is too good. I’m not letting you back out of this. It’s time you grew up and pushed yourself by trying something different than all the talky flicks. You can do this. We’ll surround you with an amazing support team. You’re right to be scared – but it’s a good fear. It’s the kinda fear that’s gonna make you try harder.”

After that, how could I say no?

WHAT’S THIS MEAN FOR “FLETCH WON” and “RANGER DANGER”?
Everything just gets pushed back a year. If it’s any consolation, Harvey’s insisting we go right into “Fletch” after “Hornet” wraps.

HAVE WE STARTED CASTING “HORNET” YET?
Yes. Some offers went out to actors this week. I’m meeting with the guy we all want for Britt Reid Monday night. If actors start accepting offers, I’ll let you know.

WHAT CAR’S GONNA BE THE NEW BLACK BEAUTY?
Working on this too. There are a few manufacturers we’re talking to already (for me, though, the dream car is the Cadillac 16).

IS THIS A SELL-OUT MOVE?
Me making a comic book movie? That’s about the least selling-out move I could make, as far as I’m concerned. But that’s just me.

ARE ANY V.A. REGULARS GONNA BE IN IT?
I’m writing a part for Mewes, I know that. Beyond that, expect to see some other familiar faces pop up as well.

HOW TRUE ARE YOU STAYING TO THE CHARACTERS AND BACKSTORY?
Very, very true. The story spans a few decades, though.

SO WILL YOU MENTION THE LONG RANGER CONNECTION THEN?
Can’t. The Lone Ranger is owned by someone else. Legally, we can’t refer to him without optioning that character as well.

HAVE YOU STARTED WRITING THE SCRIPT?
Yes. I’m fifty pages in.

WHAT’S THE BUDGET?
Too early to tell. But early guesses put it around seventy million.

IS THERE A RELEASE DATE SET?
Not a specific date, but we’re due in theaters August ’05.

WILL IT BE SERIOUS OR SPOOFY?
It’s serious. Granted, there will be some humor in it, but we’re still playing it straight on this one.

HAS THE “JERSEY GIRL” RELEASE DATE BEEN CHANGED?
Yes. We moved ahead one week. We now open on the 26th. Harvey decided he wanted to open the flick closer to Easter, so as to take advantage of the Easter break, during which time our weekday grosses would be stronger, as folks are off from school. Also, the additional week buys us some more press hits and promotional time. Yes, it means waiting one more week, but what was I gonna do – argue with the guy? He just handed me “Green Hornet” for Christ’s sake.

And thanks for all the congratulatory notices and well-wishes. Means a lot to me. I honestly couldn’t have gotten this gig without you guys, as you’re the people that allow me to continue working, thanks to your constant support (spiritual and financial) of all the stuff we do at View Askew. Believe me, it’s always factored into the greenlights I get from Miramax. They know View Askew has an audience… and a loyal one at that. Bless your hearts, dicks, and vag’s for that continued interest in my bullshit.

Source: View Askew
Tags: Hollywood

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