Remember when Kevin Smith said that he had one movie left and he was quitting filmmaking? No, I don’t think he does either because all he talks about these days is all the new movies he has on the go. His proclamation about retiring came around the time of Red State‘s release in 2012, and since then he’s released Tusk, wrapped Yoga Hosers, and is prepping the much ballyhooed Clerks III. But is there room in Smith’s schedule for another journey back to the ViewAskewniverse? Perhaps there’s a certain group of shopping center irregulars who demand some attention 20 years after the fact? Yes, not so subtlety, Smith is talking about Mallrats 2. (more…)
So I guess it’s really happening.
Posted to the image sharing site Imgur this morning was the title page for the first draft of the script for Clerks III. Writer/director Kevin Smith posted the screencap this morning, saying that he “jumped out of bed at 4:20 this morning and started writing Clerks III.”
Well if that’s not enough nerd news to feed on this Friday, consider Smith’s next statement. “[A]fter 2 hours of tapping the keys and giggling, I have come to a conclusion… Clerks III will be the best film I’ll ever make.”
I think I speak for us all when I say we the fandom will reserve judgment on that. Come to think of it, I seem to remember Smith once saying the same thing about Hit Somebody, and we all know what happened there.
What I will say is that at least there’s progress on Clerks III and I guess we’ll find out soon if Smith was able to get past a couple of pages. And interestingly, does this solve the Jeff Anderson riddle? If Smith is now punching out the script, is Anderson officially on board now?
More news as it develops.
With this week’s earlier announcement what was going to be Kevin Smith‘s final film, the hockey flick Hit Someday, was being made into a mini-series many wondered if Smith was truly out of the movie business. He’s become a prolific podcaster, has a hit show on AMC, and hasn’t really had the same passion for making movies he once did. But it looks like there’s one project that’ll put him behind the camera one last time: Clerks III.
So with the HIT SOMEBODY shift, the minute Jeff Anderson signs on, my last cinematic effort as a writer/director will be CLERKS III.#TaDa
— KevinSmith (@ThatKevinSmith) December 7, 2012
Clerks was about dude’s finding themselves in their 20s, Clerks II was about those same dudes rediscovering themselves in their 30s, what will Clerks III tackle? Well, it’ll obviously have something to do with Dante and Randal in their 40s but what we don’t know. In the past whenever Smith spoke about the possibility of a third Clerks film he said he’s make one if he came up with something to say about his 40s. Only two years into his fourth decade the man must have thought up something to say.
I’m a little surprised we heard something about Clerks III so soon, and that it sounds to be almost definite. Assuming Jeff Anderson signs, but I’m optimistic Smith will get it him. Trilogies are such a thing these days and you can’t have Clerks without Randal.
What do you think Smith has come up to say about being 40? How will Dante and Randal reflect that? And, let’s be honest here, do you think that stoner even has a script yet?
Kevin Smith has been talking (and talking and talking) again about what’s supposedly going to be his last film, the hockey flick Hit Somebody. Smith stays pretty busy with books, TV shows, speaking engagements and about six billion podcasts so it’s natural that there hasn’t been a lot of progress on the actually getting the damn film made front.
So it was something of a bomb when Smith let it be known in an interview with The Playlist that Hit Somebody will no longer be the two movie magnum opus that he’s been intending since he started talking about it last summer before the release of Red State.
The problem with ‘Hit Somebody’ is that I wanted to do it as two movies. It’s tough to get one hockey movie made, let alone two. So I’ve switched back to one movie. I had one-and-a-half scripts that I had to get down to one. I want to get it down to a 150-page script and I know that’s longer than the average script length but I figure I give myself a two-and-a-half hour length on paper knowing that I’m really ruthless in editorial and I can get it down to 2, 2:05, because this is a movie that takes place over 30 years,” he explained. “So at the end of the day if I can get the script down to 150 pages then I can pull the trigger and we’re off and running. And right now I’m at page 240. So I’ve still got to page 90 pages out. It’s a lot of material that I’m just paring down.
But… someone later wrote into /Film via their Tweeter feed that Smith was talking (and talking and talking) at a Q&A in Edmonton, Alberta about how Hit Somebody might possibly now be a miniseries. Nothing written in stone, but apparently, Smith and cohort/bestie will talk about it in episode 99 of Jay and Silent Bob Get Old.
As for when we might ever actually be able to see this film, Smith had some words (and words and words) about that too.
I’ve been occupying myself with ‘Spoilers’ or the ‘Jay And Silent Bob’ tour from which the EPIX special comes, I wrote the book, and there’s other TV stuff coming down the pike that’s kind of exciting. I’ve been keeping myself busy. People are like ‘What’s with that last movie?’ And it’s like, well, it is my last movie so I’m going to do it right and do it on my own timetable. I feel no need to rush into production. I still want to do it for as little money as possible. You’re talking about a movie that takes place between 1950 and 1980 – period piece. It’s going to be expensive, in a way that none of my other conversation pieces have been expensive, because those were pretty much set in the present. You’re talking about not only dressing motherfuckers through 30 years of period, but all the equipment, cars, so it’s going to cost a little bit of money. I’m going to try and keep it low. When I say a little bit of money I’m talking about $20 – 30 million.
If you ask me, Smith is going to keep talking about Hit Somebody, because the more he talks about whether or not its going to be two movies or a miniseries, the less he actually has to get down and make this and deal with the fact that he doesn’t really want to make his last movie. Expect to hear about Clerks 3 any day now.
Kevin Smith Talks More About ‘Hit Somebody’ and The Animated ‘Jay and Silent Bob’s Super Groovy Cartoon Movie’
This past Thursday night, thousands of movie goers were privy to Kevin Smith invading their theaters in a live simulcast of Kevin Smith: Live from Behind. The event featured Smith and his hetero life mate Jason Mewes doing their podcast, Jay and Silent Bob Get Old, followed by an extended question and answer session. The Q&A revealed some very telling details on future projects.
As we already know, Smith’s hockey feature Hit Somebody will be his last feature length film. This is disheartening since Kevin still appears to have plenty in the tank. Anyway, Smith was hoping to have Hit Somebody ready for next year’s Sundance Film Festival, but with seven months till the submission deadline for Sundance 2013 and an upwards of 200 pages in script to sort through, Kev is not likely to deliver.
More details regarding Hit Somebody comes from film site Moviebuzzers.com. Their article states:
-Shooting is likely to start in June or July.
-The budget will be between $15-$20 million.
-The film is too pricey to tour ala Red State, but he does hope to host special Canadian screenings in hockey arenas with the -film playing projected on the ice.
-It takes place between 1950 and 1980 and isn’t a comedy. It’ll be more like Field of Dreams with hockey.
Aside from Hit Somebody, Kev dropped news on another project that fans are sure to gush like a school girl over… Jay and Silent Bob’s Super Groovy Cartoon Movie. Yep, Jay and Bob are back! J&B Super Groovy Cartoon movie will be a blend of live action and R-rated animation helmed by Kevin and Smodcast Pictures.
While Smith never really spoke about the project Thursday night it was confirmed by /Film reader Raymond A. (Known as @smoothevity on Twitter) that Smith intends to have the animated film ready for Midnight Madness at the 2012 Toronto Film Festival.
What do you think about Smith and Mewes pairing up once again as their pop culture alter-egos?
Hit Somebody might be Kevin Smith‘s final film, but he’s gonna stretch it into two. Why? Because he can, that’s why. Smith has become a studio unto himself; having always been extremely involved in his films, normally writing, directing, editing and sometimes acting, Smith is now distributing them without the help of a studio. He first did this with his current film, Red State, and I’d expect the same to be the case for Hit Somebody, parts one and two.
Working outside the studio system gives Smith the freedom to make his film finale however he wants. Sadly, a movie about hockey wouldn’t have received the money needed to tell the story in one film, let alone two. As far as most Americans, and American movie studios, know, hockey is the weird sport with sticks those Canadians play. Kind of how we’re also easily confused by soccer. ‘Mericans want movies about ‘merican sports, like baseball and football! Yeah! ‘MERICA!
Hit Somebody is about Buddy, a tough hockey player who goes professional with dreams of making one goal. The split is said to come once he’s made the leap to a professional team, meaning the first film would focus on his childhood.
As of right now Hit Somebody stars Nicholas Braun, Kyle Gallner, Michael Angarano and possibly Colin Hanks, Stephen Root, John Goodman and Melissa Leo. Smith has posted a few scenes on his blog, Silent Bob Speaks, which you can read here and here.
Whaddya think? Think a Kevin Smith drama-comedy about hockey will have people hooked for two films? Will he release it himself, a la Red State?
Kevin Smith Announces Retirement: Goes out with a Bang (Literally and Figuratively) with ‘Hit Somebody’
It’s a bummer of a day for fans of comedy as it is for certain that Kevin Smith will officially be retiring once he finishes his upcoming film Hit Somebody. Most folks who have been following Smith are well aware of this. We actually reported this back in November, but it wasn’t official then. For those who doubted the fat man, he recently spoke at a screening of Red State during the Sundance Film Festival, and announced his retirement.
Leave it to Smith to go out with a bang (literally and figuratively!) Hit Somebody is a story about a hockey player who doesn’t just has a love of the game but a love for fighting as well. The cast is rounding and consist of Kyle Gallner who just worked with Smith on Red State and Nicholas Braun a rising star who has done a few small projects and will hit the big screen is the newest Disney, High School Musical type movie, Prom.
It is fitting that Smith would go out this way , in a fucking heaping pile of controversy that would make for a great Kevin Smith film itself. His recent film Red State has created quite a bit fuss due to the events of the film focus on an outrageous evangelical pastor and the people in the town who blindly follow his irrational ways. The film’s plot even has the disgusting pile of crap known as the Westboro Baptist Church speaking out against the film. Also, Smith will be distributing the film himself by going on tour and also only plan to promote through nonconventional ways. It’s unknown what Smith will ultimately do, but it’s speculated that will “instead focus on helping other people make movies. Whether this means that he will be serving as a producer or continuing to write is unknown.”
Oh Kevin Smith, I will miss your crude humor and endearing work like Mallrats, Jersey Girl and Zack and Miri. What about Clerks you may ask?? (yes, I know I like the most random Kevin Smith films!)
“Hit somebody! was what the crowd roared / When Buddy the goon came over the boards /
“Coach,” he’d say, “I wanna score goals” / The coach said, “Buddy, remember your role /
The fast guys get paid, they shoot, they score, / Protect them, Buddy, that’s what you’re here for”
Ah, now with words that poetic who wouldn’t wanna make a movie about it? Well Kevin Smith sure as hell did! In his upcoming project Hit Somebody based on the song by Warren Zevon, Smith has just decided to cast Nicholas Braun (Sky High), who Smith worked with on Red State. The 22 year actor certainly looks as though he could play rough and tough hockey player Buddy McKracken, but who knows if has the ability to command the screen.
Originally, Seann William Scott was set to play the role but ended up leaving the project for another hockey movie. Here’s what Smith had to say about his casting situation,
At one point it was Seann William Scott, and Seann William Scott apparently wanted to make a hockey movie real fuckin’ bad… So he went to do another one, which meant we were star-less for a while, which was totally OK by me. But then I found so much of my Hit Somebody cast while making Red State, so… The guy who’s going to play my lead, whose name is Buddy McKraken in the movie, is a fella who’s in our flick [Red State] and his name is Nicholas Braun. He’s this really great actor who I love to death and he is the perfect lead for this hockey movie, for this script.
Hit Somebody is set to get rolling some time between July and September of 2011. Now while we may not know much about the project I have no doubts that Mr. Smith will not disappoint us or his country (“Oh Canada”) by making a shitty hockey movie. Hopefully this thing will be as hilarious as it sounds. What do you guys think??