Kevin Smith's Political Horror Film 'Red State' Shooting in July
We thought we would never hear about this again, because it sounded like it was never going to happen. And we thought the $18.2 million opening of Cop Out wasn't a good thing. But apparently we were wrong. Kevin Smith has announced, via his Twitter, that his political horror film Red State will start shooting this July. "Took nearly three years, but we're finally gonna roll on Red," Smith wrote earlier today. "I talk about lots of stuff I wanna do that either happens years later or never happens at all. Happy to report Red State is not the latter." In a Twitter reply to another user, Smith also mentions: "Happily, Cop Out helped on lots of levels."
Smith has previously called Red State very bleak and very dark, saying that it will be a tough sell, which is why at one point we thought he had almost given up on trying to get funding for it, even as an indie. The film is partially inspired by the infamous preacher Fred Phelps. Smith explained the idea years ago: "[It's] called Red State and it's very much about that subject matter, that point of view and that position taken to the absolute extreme. It's certainly not Phelps himself but it's very much inspired by a Phelps figure. And to me, too, the notion of using a Phelps-like character as a villain, as horrifying and scary as that guy can be, there's even something more insidious than him that lurks out there." But that's all we really know about it.
Back in late 2008, Smith explained why he wanted to make this. For those of you that are wondering about that hockey movie Hit Somebody that Smith is working on as well, he as said that it'll be shooting after Red State. "Writing Hit now; shooting Hit on heels of Red State." It looks like this will be his line-up for the next few years. From political horror to hockey comedy. Sounds like a plan! Looking forward to this movie?