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Weinsteins don't see red

10.07.2007
Kevin Smith likes to let us all know what's going on his life via his blog, and every once in a while we get to find out some huge news regarding his films straight from the man himself. This time he tells us that The Weinstein brothers have passed on the script for his 'unorthodox' horror flick RED STATE. What makes this significant is that it's the first time Smith will make a film without the Weinsteins backing it, and he's a little excited about it: "Naturally, this makes me wanna make “Red State” even more than I did just prior to that phone call. I get excited thinking about having to raise financing for our hot potato of a flick. This represents a turning point of sorts..."

This doesn't surprise me at all. After taking a chance on an experiment like GRINDHOUSE, you can see why the Weinstein's want to stick to 'sure things' like Smith's next comedy ZACK AND MIRI MAKE A PORNO. Smith went on to say: "It might be nice to see if we can get something done without them. Whether it’ll be nice or not, however, it’s what’s in the cards, as they don’t feel the flick is very commercial. And, in truth, on the surface, it may not be - unless we get the buzz I think we’ll get off the festival circuit. Regardless, it’s not something we’ll have to think about ’til after we’re done with “Zack and Miri Make a Porno.”

Apparently Harvey Weinstein thought the film was 'disturbing' and 'challenging' which goes against Hollywood standards. Now comes the point where I was about to rip on the Weinsteins for shying away from challenging material, but then I went over to their website, and well, with movies like CONTROL, I'M NOT THERE, and GRACE IS GONE coming up, I've got nothing.

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Extra Tidbit: Seth Rogen is rumoured for the role of Zack in that movie with that girl named Miri that Kevin Smith will make.
Source: Cinematical

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3:25PM on 10/08/2007
I don't blame the Wienstiens, they are business guys, after Grindhouse why would they back it? The only thing that gets me thinking is that Grindhouse was 100+ budget and Smith usually does 30 mill or less.
I don't blame the Wienstiens, they are business guys, after Grindhouse why would they back it? The only thing that gets me thinking is that Grindhouse was 100+ budget and Smith usually does 30 mill or less.
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2:18AM on 10/08/2007
I got to meet Kevin at a book signing this weekend, and he's seriously the coolest guy ever, even if I only got to chat with him for a minute. Anyway, without WC backing, the movie's gonna get made regardless. He could probably even finance it himself at a very low cost and get it picked up later on ("Clerks" anyone?)
I got to meet Kevin at a book signing this weekend, and he's seriously the coolest guy ever, even if I only got to chat with him for a minute. Anyway, without WC backing, the movie's gonna get made regardless. He could probably even finance it himself at a very low cost and get it picked up later on ("Clerks" anyone?)
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12:01AM on 10/08/2007
I guess this could be a real test of Kevin Smith's ability as a true filmmaker. I mean, I'm a fan and all, but not die-hard. I still haven't seen "Clerks 2" and want to, but the most recent of his movies I saw was the atrocious Jay and Silent Bob piece of shit.

I still think the man could pull this off, especially if he goes a little lighter on the wise-cracking dialog, even if humor is what the horror genre needs.

Yeah, Weinsteins are pretty unpredictable. They seem to back almost
I guess this could be a real test of Kevin Smith's ability as a true filmmaker. I mean, I'm a fan and all, but not die-hard. I still haven't seen "Clerks 2" and want to, but the most recent of his movies I saw was the atrocious Jay and Silent Bob piece of shit.

I still think the man could pull this off, especially if he goes a little lighter on the wise-cracking dialog, even if humor is what the horror genre needs.

Yeah, Weinsteins are pretty unpredictable. They seem to back almost exclusively the sort of film that wouldn't guarantee a profit, or the kind of film that surprisingly fails to make a profit (like "Grindhouse"). Then they turn around and refuse what could seem to be a real controversial moneygrabber (Lion's Gate hopefully is there to save the day when that happens). Anyway, real strange, I think.
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11:41PM on 10/07/2007
Since when is Kevin Smith's movies a "sure thing"

Jersey Girl and Clerks 2 I'm looking in your direction...
Since when is Kevin Smith's movies a "sure thing"

Jersey Girl and Clerks 2 I'm looking in your direction...
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