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Kevin Smith on Clerks 3, Tusk, and a new rapture-themed movie

12.31.2013by:

For those looking for their Kevin Smith fix, the filmmaker/smodcaster dropped a ton of info on his current and future projects, detailing the various stages of each, including TUSK, CLERKS III, and a new rapture-themed flick. Smith has been shooting his latest film, TUSK, which was derived from an actual personal ad that led to a discussion his podcast, ultimately inspiring him to write the film. Here's some highlights from Smith's lengthy Facebook update:

On his rapture-themed flick, HELENA HANDBAG:

The idea is to, once again, take an episode of SModcast and turn it into a movie. It's worked out quite nicely with TUSK (thanks largely to the cast, the crew and the good folks at Demarest and at a24, who'll be releasing the flick this fall), so I wanna see if I can do it again. Granted, this time the plot of the movie concerns mankind teaming up with Hell to save existence from extinction at the hands of a Rapturing giant Jesus - which means the budget has to be LOW, because NOBODY'S gonna wanna make that movie. At all. And I know this going in, so I won't be heartbroken if it never goes beyond the script. 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.

On the status of CLERKS III:

And right now, the aim is to shoot CLERKS III this May - so this HELENA HANDBAG picture would still be a ways off anyway.

Smith went on to say that he "burned [his] film career to the ground" but feels that after a three-year hiatus "wound up making the best flick [he's] ever made with TUSK." That's a pretty bold statement. Most folks feel that CLERKS or CHASING AMY is his best work, so the idea that he has topped his earlier work will likely fuel debate. On the other hand, maybe TUSK will be genius. Hard to say until we get our eyes on it, but stranger things have happened.

So, there you have it. Seems like Smith has made peace with his mid-life career crisis and is plowing ahead with his own instincts, which I can respect. He's a divisive guy these days, as we'll see in the red-bar comments below, but he's got about as much support as well. Personally, I'm looking forward to seeing how this TUSK experiment pans out and regardless of any shame, I'll be there for a CLERKS III. HELENA HANDBAG will be a much harder sell.

TUSK will see release fall 2014 and CLERKS III is planned for a May 2014 start.

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7:54PM on 01/01/2014

He's totally out of touch

He lost me when he said that people shouldn't criticize his movies if they have less Twitter followers than him because they have less influence than he does.
He lost me when he said that people shouldn't criticize his movies if they have less Twitter followers than him because they have less influence than he does.
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10:00PM on 12/31/2013
I thought Red State was going to be his last movie.
I thought Red State was going to be his last movie.
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7:37PM on 12/31/2013
Makes me wonder,. Would I pay to watch a movie where a giant naked Alanis Morissette run around reaping souls and destroying the world? Hmmm...
Makes me wonder,. Would I pay to watch a movie where a giant naked Alanis Morissette run around reaping souls and destroying the world? Hmmm...
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6:57PM on 12/31/2013
That rapture-themed movie has got to tie into Dogma somehow.
That rapture-themed movie has got to tie into Dogma somehow.
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3:18PM on 12/31/2013
You can't blame Smith for trying other things. Too bad that hasn't panned out very well for him. I still love the View Askewniverse enough that I will give him the benefit of the doubt even though Tusk sounds passable at this point. However, I am all there for Clerks 3.
You can't blame Smith for trying other things. Too bad that hasn't panned out very well for him. I still love the View Askewniverse enough that I will give him the benefit of the doubt even though Tusk sounds passable at this point. However, I am all there for Clerks 3.
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3:03PM on 12/31/2013

Kevin Smith is doing everything possible....

....to convince people that drugs are bad. He was an interesting director who hasn't made a good movie since he decided to spend the rest of his life perpetually high (and really fat). I'm really hoping this is a publicity stunt because if not he's gone beyond just embarrassing himself and into some kind of self-destructive phase that apparently none of his friends or family is willing to warn him about.
....to convince people that drugs are bad. He was an interesting director who hasn't made a good movie since he decided to spend the rest of his life perpetually high (and really fat). I'm really hoping this is a publicity stunt because if not he's gone beyond just embarrassing himself and into some kind of self-destructive phase that apparently none of his friends or family is willing to warn him about.
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2:48PM on 12/31/2013

Meh

Smith talked a big game with Red State and that didn't turn out too well. Then he announced that hockey movie nobody cared about that went nowhere. Then there's Cop Out, which, just, ugh. I love the guy but he's definitely been going through an experimental phase the last few years, to put it lightly. The irony of it is that his worst film, Cop Out, made the most money on a moderate budget. Still lost around $10MM though. I get the sense he's gone back to basics and his next few films will be
Smith talked a big game with Red State and that didn't turn out too well. Then he announced that hockey movie nobody cared about that went nowhere. Then there's Cop Out, which, just, ugh. I love the guy but he's definitely been going through an experimental phase the last few years, to put it lightly. The irony of it is that his worst film, Cop Out, made the most money on a moderate budget. Still lost around $10MM though. I get the sense he's gone back to basics and his next few films will be satisfying in the ways his films were up through Dogma.
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2:11PM on 12/31/2013
I feel that Smith is talented and just has some dirt on him. I loved Red State, Dogma, Chasing Amy, Mallrats. Yeah he has some bad movies, but doesnt everyone? I feel that this is really his beginning, and its a shame that he has been looking into ending it.
I feel that Smith is talented and just has some dirt on him. I loved Red State, Dogma, Chasing Amy, Mallrats. Yeah he has some bad movies, but doesnt everyone? I feel that this is really his beginning, and its a shame that he has been looking into ending it.
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2:34PM on 12/31/2013
Tarantino doesn't have a single bad movie.
Tarantino doesn't have a single bad movie.
12:37AM on 01/01/2014
Jason3223,
That depends on what you mean. As a Director Tarantino has made one bad movie, the sheer fact that he was making an homage to the bad films of the 70's does not excuse the fact that it was a bad movie, and he is the first to admit this.
As a Screenwriter, he has made some questionable movies, it is hard to determine whether a particular director made them better or worse, but he has written some bad films.
As an actor, he has never made a good movie. He is fake and nasty in
Jason3223,
That depends on what you mean. As a Director Tarantino has made one bad movie, the sheer fact that he was making an homage to the bad films of the 70's does not excuse the fact that it was a bad movie, and he is the first to admit this.
As a Screenwriter, he has made some questionable movies, it is hard to determine whether a particular director made them better or worse, but he has written some bad films.
As an actor, he has never made a good movie. He is fake and nasty in everything he has appeared in, and the only time he has even remotely been entertaining was way back in Desperado telling the joke to Cheech Marin.
And sorry to say that as a producer Tarantino has put his name on some steaming piles of crap. And since the producer is the one the technically "makes the movie." Yes, Tarantino has made some bad movies.
I love the guy to death, and as a director he has the best track record out there. But everyone has skeletons.
1:08PM on 12/31/2013

Looking forward to Tusk

I thought Red State was really good and seriously overlooked, so I'm hoping for a better response with TUSK...seems like an intriguing premise. That Jesus movie on the other hand? Eh, I dunno....
I thought Red State was really good and seriously overlooked, so I'm hoping for a better response with TUSK...seems like an intriguing premise. That Jesus movie on the other hand? Eh, I dunno....
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12:49PM on 12/31/2013

I'm dtf for Tusk

Not so much for the Holy Christ! movie. Which I jokingly guessed would happen after Tusk happened.
I mean I'll see it, if the movie happened (which is a big if). But I'm much more dialed in to Tusk, such a funny and just plain batshit idea.
Not so much for the Holy Christ! movie. Which I jokingly guessed would happen after Tusk happened.
I mean I'll see it, if the movie happened (which is a big if). But I'm much more dialed in to Tusk, such a funny and just plain batshit idea.
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12:33PM on 12/31/2013
Wow HH is a genius idea for a movie
Wow HH is a genius idea for a movie
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12:32PM on 12/31/2013
Doesn't he say every movie he's making is his best? I'm getting a little tired of apocalyptic movies, especially considering Dogma already fits into that a little bit (and Red State was originally going to end with Judgment Day).
Doesn't he say every movie he's making is his best? I'm getting a little tired of apocalyptic movies, especially considering Dogma already fits into that a little bit (and Red State was originally going to end with Judgment Day).
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11:53AM on 12/31/2013
I miss the younger days of Kevin Smith when I was actually excited about one of his new films. Now, I just don't care. I mean, how long has he actually been talking about Clerks 3 already?
I miss the younger days of Kevin Smith when I was actually excited about one of his new films. Now, I just don't care. I mean, how long has he actually been talking about Clerks 3 already?
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3:44PM on 12/31/2013
Sure he's been talking about it for a while but don't forget there are licensing issues with the Weinsteins he has to work out before it can move forward.
Sure he's been talking about it for a while but don't forget there are licensing issues with the Weinsteins he has to work out before it can move forward.
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