Kevin Smith has shared the first image of his now filming, bizarre Human Centipede-like horror Tusk. While the image doesn’t really give an insight into the film (apart from the playful Walrus outfit), what it does show is the recently cast Haley Joel Osment and Genesis Rodriguez clearly having a lot of fun, with Smith himself in the middle.
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.”
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.