Kevin Smith has a truly insane horror film lined up, and all we really know of the film so far is that it is called Tusk, and will feature a sort of human centipede involving a Walrus.
We also learnt a short while ago that Michael Parks and Justin Long will star in the ambitious horror, and that Smith was hoping to have Quentin Tarantino play a role in the film. Sadly Tarantino is not available for acting at this time, and Smith revealed the news in a statement to THR. Smith said:
“QT said he dug the script and couldn’t wait to watch Parks let loose his internal Kraken“, Smith writes, “but he had no interest in acting at the moment. It was a bummer, as having Q in the mix would’ve been poetic.” Smith was hoping to have Tarantino play the role of a French-Canadian cop who is hunting the bad guy (played by Parks). Parks is playing a nut job who wants to turn Long into a Walrus, so to speak.
Smith also revealed that he reached out to Jason Blum’s production company, Blumhouse, to help finance and produce Tusk, something which Blum’s company passed on. Fearing that Tusk was never going to happen, Demarest Films came along and saved the day! Said Smith “My walrus was drowning deep in the raging seas of unmade screenplays and Demarest flat-out rescued Tusk,”
The film is expected to play at next years Sundance Film Festival, and filming will now commence in November. To read more of Smith’s statement, head over to THR.
Here is the press release revealing all the details on the deal made by Demarest Films.
The Press Release:
Financier and production company DEMAREST FILMS (Machete Kills, A Most Wanted Man) will underwrite and produce visionary director Kevin Smith’s next film, the audacious and utterly terrifying Tusk.
Tusk, which commences principal photography in Charlotte, North Carolina, on November 4, will star Justin Long (Live Free or Die Hard, A Case of You) and cult favorite Michael Parks (Red State, Django Unchained). Smith will direct his own script, which evolved from Episode 259 of his long-running podcast with Scott Mosier, the award-winning SModcast. Tusk’s horror story follows a podcaster who sets out to interview an eccentric, reclusive old seafarer, only to find himself a plaything in the gruesome plot of a deranged killer.
Demarest’s Sam Englebardt and William D. Johnson will produce Tusk alongside Shannon McIntosh for Smith’s SModcast Pictures banner. Demarest’s David Greathouse and Jennifer Schwalbach are executive producers. SModCo’s Jordan Monsanto and Chris Parkinson, the author of the hoax walrus ad, are associate producers.
Demarest CEO Sam Englebardt said of Tusk, “Demarest is a director-driven company, and Kevin has always been at the top of our list of filmmakers with whom we want to work.”
Chairman William D. Johnson added, “We are hugely excited to see what results when Kevin applies his brilliant, twisted mind to classic horror filmmaking.”
“I can’t thank the good folks at Demarest enough for wading into weird waters with us,” said Smith. “They are the walrus. Goo-goo-gajoob.”