Kevin Smith’s Red State divided opinion, but was a brave and rather unique ‘horror’ (if you can call it that), and showed that when the director gets serious, he can be very very good. Now word has sprung up literally out of nowhere on Smith’s newest movie project called Tusk.
Word first came about during one of Smith’s many podcasts known as Smodcast, and he and producer Scott Mosier were discussing the idea of The Walrus and the Carpenter. They both talked about a Gumtree advert from a man looking for a lodger that went like this:
“To take on the position as my lodger you must be prepared to wear the walrus suit for approximately two hours each day (in practice, this is not two hours every day – I merely state it here so you are able to have a clear idea of the workload). Whilst in the walrus costume you must be a walrus – there must be no speaking in a human voice, and any communication must entail making utterances in the voice of a walrus.”
After discussing the idea with fans, Smith agreed to begin writing a script for a film based on the lodger idea, and announced to fans that he is now on page 70 of the script (he works fast you see) and that he had sent part of the script to actor Michael Parks (Red State, Kill Bill). He also said that shooting begins on September 15th. Even more interesting is that Smith has also approached Quentin Tarantino to appear in the film as The Lodger, but there is no word on if Tarantino has agreed, or even responded yet.
Smith has said that he wants Parks to play the role of a mad surgeon like that of The Human Centipede, and wrote the script with this in mind. He also stated that “This is like a sister to Red State but with no politics, no religion whatsoever, but it’s just unsettling.” Smith described the horror as The Human Centipede but with a Walrus.
Uproxx toughed through a Smodcast to get more information, and discovered this quote by Smith:
“I’m not Stanley Kubrick, motherf–ker. I’m talking about making a movie with a motherf–ker in a walrus costume, man. This is all long story short of saying, like, it’s f–king crazy how close this is to being something actually good.”
Smith has confirmed via Twitter that Tusk is happening, and I would expect many more updates as development begins to role. Personally I cannot wait for this!