Kevin Smith Working on Hockey Movie 'Hit Somebody'
Like it or not, Kevin Smith is still going strong, even if Zack and Miri wasn't exactly the biggest hit. Not only is he lined up to direct A Couple of Dicks later this year, but he's entertaining the idea of a hockey movie, too. Oddly, it's based on the Warren Zevon song "Hit Somebody (The Hockey Song)" - which you can listen to here. As Smith explains, the song is "about a goon, a hockey goon. It's this very wonderful, soaring, moving story that's also bittersweet and very, very funny, about a hockey player who just wants to play hockey, who loves hockey so much, but just sucks at it." A Kevin Smith sports movie? Hell yes, bring it on!
Smith goes on to tell MTV, "the song's been one of my favorites since I heard it and I've always seen this whole movie behind. I got in touch with Mitch because Warren Zevon has passed on and we started talking about it and he was into it and into what I was kind of pitching." He's talking about author Mitch Albom, known for "Tuesdays with Morrie", who will be teaming up with Smith to adapt this. That goon that the song is about, since he sucks at hockey, "the only thing he can do to be on a team is just be the enforcer, just be the guy who goes out there and beats the sh*t out of people." Sound like something you'd want to see?
Smith is looking to make it sometime in 2010 or 2011, and he's selling it as "the one I really want to do in a big, bad way." It will be set in the late 1970s within the World Hockey Association, before those teams were absorbed into the National Hockey League. "It takes place during the last gasp of the goon era of hockey when it was all about fighting," Smith says. While it will be humorous (do any of his movies not have comedy?), Smith envisions it as being more dramatic, even hoping for awards possibility. "If I play my cards right and we get the right people in it, it could be an award-type movie." I'm already excited!