Kevin Smith Headed to Outer Space for His Next Comedy
by Alex Billington
October 17, 2008
So if you're indie horror project having trouble getting funding, what do you do? Make a $50 million futuristic outer space comedy! Kevin Smith has officially announced another feature film that will be just that, a sci-fi film that revolves around a father-son relationship. While he won't reveal any details about the plot, Smith will easily talk about the budget. "The moment someone steps out of the spaceship, it's going to cost a little more." This will be his most expensive film to date and potentially his 10th feature film. "The Odyssey" in space, comedies in space - this Hollywood sci-fi trend is really picking up speed!
Smith has already finished the first draft of the script, which execs at Weinstein Company have read part of and are already interested. Other details mentioned are that the film with reference other sci-fi movies and that Smith wants Seth Rogen (via SlashFilm) to be involved. Smith explains that "all the relationships in the flicks I've done before have been either a guy falling for a girl or two dudes hanging out in a 'bromantic' comedy - I wanted to explore a father and son." During Comic-Con, he mentioned that this "will test [his] abilities as a visual filmmaker." So what does it all mean? Who knows - we'll find out soon enough!
To clarify, he is still hoping to make Red State, his indie horror project, before he moves on to this sci-fi comedy. Red State is tentatively scheduled to shoot in spring of next year, but we as we've reported, he's having some trouble finding all the money he needs to get it going. Everyone already knows I'm a big Kevin Smith fan and enjoy almost every movie he makes. I've got no complaints about this project and am confident that he'll do a good job exploring the father-son relationship, the sci-fi genre, and comedy in outer space. Oh, and, don't forget, Zack and Miri Make a Porno hits theaters in a few weeks. Interested?