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Kevin Smith updates on Hit Somebody, now one big film with Sundance debut

01.05.2012

It's just past noon and we already have our second Twitter-sourced story of the day. Not content to late Kanye West have all the fun, Kevin Smith was answering questions on Twitter this morning and updated the status of his next (and last?) film HIT SOMEBODY.

Though the project was recently discussed as being two films, Smith has scrapped that idea saying, "now gonna make one big movie instead." Of the decision he says, "Makes more sense, anyway: the movie's about taking one, good shot."

The film, based on the Warren Zevon song of the same name, follows a kid who makes it into the NHL and becomes known for being a bruiser. But his dream is to score one goal.

Smith is currently writing the second part of the script now but expects the movie to be at most 150 minutes. His plan is to begin shooting the film this June with a premiere at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.

While no casting is official, the film looks to be starring his RED STATE boys Nicholas Braun, Kyle Gallner and Michael Angarano, with John Goodman starring as the hockey coach.

Source: Twitter

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6:58PM on 01/06/2012
More often than not I find myself seeing and enjoying the Kevin Smith films in which he ISN'T running his mouth or declaring critics idiots or condemning people who didn't like them or talking about how badly he's being fucked over. I always wish his films the best because I certainly like more of them than I dislike, but I really miss the days when he made works that were quietly smart and niche. As he gets older he seems to find himself less appreciated by the mainstream he used to give the
More often than not I find myself seeing and enjoying the Kevin Smith films in which he ISN'T running his mouth or declaring critics idiots or condemning people who didn't like them or talking about how badly he's being fucked over. I always wish his films the best because I certainly like more of them than I dislike, but I really miss the days when he made works that were quietly smart and niche. As he gets older he seems to find himself less appreciated by the mainstream he used to give the middle finger to but the difference now is that he blabs about it rather than just putting his head down and doing good work.
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10:18PM on 01/05/2012
I liked Red State and I'm curious to see how this turns out. And one movie sounds better than two.
I liked Red State and I'm curious to see how this turns out. And one movie sounds better than two.
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8:17PM on 01/05/2012
I bet when Smith though of this idea it was a good one back in the 80's. Now, the NHL stands for No Hitting League and it's as soft as rain. There is no real fighting and the days of the enforcer are long gone. This is now more fiction than a comic book film sad to say.
I bet when Smith though of this idea it was a good one back in the 80's. Now, the NHL stands for No Hitting League and it's as soft as rain. There is no real fighting and the days of the enforcer are long gone. This is now more fiction than a comic book film sad to say.
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4:01PM on 01/06/2012
Aaron Asham of the Pittsburgh Penguins would have a word with you...
Aaron Asham of the Pittsburgh Penguins would have a word with you...
4:38PM on 01/05/2012
I have nothing against casting unknowns or up and comers and I know Smith's heart is in the indie world, but I think it's a bullheaded idea for him to cast the same team from Red State. Jason Mewes, Jason Lee, etc. may not be A-list but they are recognizable celebrities that will put butts in seats, which is why casting them (and A-list friend Ben Affleck) constantly worked. A bunch of unknown teens who made little to no impact, plus a fading John Goodman just seems like Smith is mad at himself
I have nothing against casting unknowns or up and comers and I know Smith's heart is in the indie world, but I think it's a bullheaded idea for him to cast the same team from Red State. Jason Mewes, Jason Lee, etc. may not be A-list but they are recognizable celebrities that will put butts in seats, which is why casting them (and A-list friend Ben Affleck) constantly worked. A bunch of unknown teens who made little to no impact, plus a fading John Goodman just seems like Smith is mad at himself for doing Cop Out and is trying as hard as he can to sabotage his own project, just so he can later claim he was blocked out by the Hollywood elite, who somehow went out of their way to destroy his projects. The dude has lost it. I feel sorry for him, because until Cop Out, I thought he was batting 1.000
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4:10PM on 01/05/2012
The premise sounds like it's mostly a rip-off of that new movie Goon.
The premise sounds like it's mostly a rip-off of that new movie Goon.
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4:28PM on 01/05/2012
Hit Somebody was planned before Goon and even had Seann William Scott unofficially attached before he went to make Goon.
Hit Somebody was planned before Goon and even had Seann William Scott unofficially attached before he went to make Goon.
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3:46PM on 01/05/2012
This does not need to be two movies. Smith is obviously doing this for attention.
This does not need to be two movies. Smith is obviously doing this for attention.
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3:24PM on 01/05/2012
I wonder if he's going to hold a faux bidding auction on the movie at Sundance again, taking away any focus some actually good independent movies there have at getting a distributor.
I have zero desire to see this movie, since I already know that it will be hopelessly stuck in the 1990s like the majority of Smith's work. What he really should be doing is taking some of that money he made, and go back to film school to learn how to get out of the tired rut he parked himself in back in 1994.
I wonder if he's going to hold a faux bidding auction on the movie at Sundance again, taking away any focus some actually good independent movies there have at getting a distributor.
I have zero desire to see this movie, since I already know that it will be hopelessly stuck in the 1990s like the majority of Smith's work. What he really should be doing is taking some of that money he made, and go back to film school to learn how to get out of the tired rut he parked himself in back in 1994. That's the only way he'll ever make a decent movie.
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3:24PM on 01/05/2012

I'm glad to see he's finally making a good decision about the movie.

Now if he can just recast the lead...
Now if he can just recast the lead...
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3:08PM on 01/05/2012
Should be good. I know kevin smith is pretty divisive but he has had some good moments and some not so good moments, but no reason this can't deliver and if it doesn't there's always "goon"
Should be good. I know kevin smith is pretty divisive but he has had some good moments and some not so good moments, but no reason this can't deliver and if it doesn't there's always "goon"
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2:57PM on 01/05/2012

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I hope Smith keeps going after Hit Somebody, with Red State and now this, he seems to be stretching himself as a filmmaker. Clerks II was one of the best sequels ever, I mean it. I'd rather see a Kevin Smith movie than most others that come out in a year. He was just a dude from New Jersey and got a career making HIS OWN movies, for a filmmaker, I imagine that's the top of the mountain.
I hope Smith keeps going after Hit Somebody, with Red State and now this, he seems to be stretching himself as a filmmaker. Clerks II was one of the best sequels ever, I mean it. I'd rather see a Kevin Smith movie than most others that come out in a year. He was just a dude from New Jersey and got a career making HIS OWN movies, for a filmmaker, I imagine that's the top of the mountain.
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9:18AM on 01/06/2012
Clerks 2 is one of the most underrated comedies of all time. That movie is frickin' hilarious. Porch Monkey 4 Life!
Clerks 2 is one of the most underrated comedies of all time. That movie is frickin' hilarious. Porch Monkey 4 Life!
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1:57PM on 01/05/2012

Whatever

You can more or less call it a wrap on Kevin Smith's career. He had a nice run, but its over. Red State went straight to DVD. He hasn't done anything relevant since Chasing Amy, and even that is debatable. Clerks was something new when it came out and it had an impact on the culture, but he isn't Tarantino. He is pretty talentless as a director. If this "Hit Someone" movie were a parable of Kevin Smith's career the guy would score his fist and only goal in his first game and then spend the rest
You can more or less call it a wrap on Kevin Smith's career. He had a nice run, but its over. Red State went straight to DVD. He hasn't done anything relevant since Chasing Amy, and even that is debatable. Clerks was something new when it came out and it had an impact on the culture, but he isn't Tarantino. He is pretty talentless as a director. If this "Hit Someone" movie were a parable of Kevin Smith's career the guy would score his fist and only goal in his first game and then spend the rest of his career as a bruiser.
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4:30PM on 01/05/2012
Red State didnt go straight to DVD
Red State didnt go straight to DVD
9:24AM on 01/06/2012
cerealkiller182 is correct. Red state was released limited theatrically and video on demand at the same time. Also, to say he hasn't done anything relevant is a bit naive. The guy runs one of the most popular podcast networks today. I'm not trying to sound like a Smith fanboy, but I don't understand how someone could say he isn't relevant.
cerealkiller182 is correct. Red state was released limited theatrically and video on demand at the same time. Also, to say he hasn't done anything relevant is a bit naive. The guy runs one of the most popular podcast networks today. I'm not trying to sound like a Smith fanboy, but I don't understand how someone could say he isn't relevant.
6:58PM on 01/06/2012
You sound exactly like a Smith fanboy. Red State grossed a bit over a million dollars on a budget of 4 million. It grossed ONE million dollars. That's relevancy? No one cares about his movies anymore except the sycophants like yourself that perpetually beat the drum on every film website on earth. I guess you should be proud; you people are the only ones that keep him in business and the only ones that see his movies. Keep bankrolling the flea market George Lucas by buying his stupid crap on
You sound exactly like a Smith fanboy. Red State grossed a bit over a million dollars on a budget of 4 million. It grossed ONE million dollars. That's relevancy? No one cares about his movies anymore except the sycophants like yourself that perpetually beat the drum on every film website on earth. I guess you should be proud; you people are the only ones that keep him in business and the only ones that see his movies. Keep bankrolling the flea market George Lucas by buying his stupid crap on his website. The guy is relevant because of a friggin podcast? And I'm naive? Right.
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1:51PM on 01/05/2012

I'm not a hockey fan

But I am a Kevin Smith fan and listening to his Smodcast Network, I really don't think the guy gives two shits about Box Office success and the average movie goers wallet. He's making this movie because it's his baby and it makes him happy. I can respect that.
But I am a Kevin Smith fan and listening to his Smodcast Network, I really don't think the guy gives two shits about Box Office success and the average movie goers wallet. He's making this movie because it's his baby and it makes him happy. I can respect that.
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1:15PM on 01/05/2012
This will probably bomb at the Box Office... Can't be any worse than Cop Out.
This will probably bomb at the Box Office... Can't be any worse than Cop Out.
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12:51PM on 01/05/2012
Wonder how much this will suck
Wonder how much this will suck
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1:00PM on 01/05/2012
as much as having your screen name batmanvsnavi
as much as having your screen name batmanvsnavi
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12:50PM on 01/05/2012
i love me some kevin smith, and i love me some john goodman, so iŽll definitely watch this, no matter how long it is :P
i love me some kevin smith, and i love me some john goodman, so iŽll definitely watch this, no matter how long it is :P
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12:37PM on 01/05/2012

John Goodman is good and all...

but John Goodman as a hockey coach... that doesn't make sense to me. He finds actors he likes and sticks with them almost to a fault.

Also, I cant imagine many people being thrilled with watching a hockey drama for 2.5 hours. I'll see it b/c I'm a Smith fan, and a hockey fan, but joe schmo isn't running.
but John Goodman as a hockey coach... that doesn't make sense to me. He finds actors he likes and sticks with them almost to a fault.

Also, I cant imagine many people being thrilled with watching a hockey drama for 2.5 hours. I'll see it b/c I'm a Smith fan, and a hockey fan, but joe schmo isn't running.
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12:49PM on 01/05/2012
just a small correction, 150 min = 2h30m, not 2h50m :p
just a small correction, 150 min = 2h30m, not 2h50m :p
12:58PM on 01/05/2012
@maic
2.5hrs=150min.check yourself before you correct someone else
@maic
2.5hrs=150min.check yourself before you correct someone else
12:58PM on 01/05/2012
@maic
And 2.5 hours=2h30m, not 2h50m. 2.5 means two and a half hours.
@maic
And 2.5 hours=2h30m, not 2h50m. 2.5 means two and a half hours.
7:45AM on 01/06/2012
my bad, the thing is i always do the math with hrs and min, so i assumed he did aswell, and that was my mistake :(
my bad, the thing is i always do the math with hrs and min, so i assumed he did aswell, and that was my mistake :(
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