Kevin Smith has been keeping fans up to date with his Human Centipede type horror, Tusk, and while the director was hoping to have it complete ready for Sundance in January, turns out there is still a little more work to do.
Tusk, which revolves around a psychotic man taking someone captive in order to turn them into a walrus, is almost finished, but according to Smith’s recent SModcast, there is some work to be done. Because of this, the film will not be ready for Sundance next month, but SModcast fans will get to see a the first work-in-progress cut of the film.
“We’ve still got two more shooting days here in Los Angeles to wrap the flick with our fifth Beatle – the performer playing the role of investigator Guy Lapointe,” said Smith. “It’s looking like late December/early January for that – which would mean I’d be racing to my self-imposed Sundance finish line. And while I had to rush to make it all happen so as not to risk losing momentum, rushing now might foster a cavity around my creativity.”
“The hard part’s over: we got the flick in the can (which sounds vaguely dirty),” he continues. “Now that I’m seeing what we’ve created in madcap haste, I’m slowing down the pace because, shockingly, this flick turned out WAY the fuck better than I’d dreamed it could be.”
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), alongside Haley Joel Osment and Genesis Rodriguez. 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.