Kevin Smith Says 'Hit Somebody' Becoming a Two-Part Hockey Saga
While the filmmaker has been touting that his big screen adaptation of Warren Zevon's hockey song Hit Somebody would be his last film as a director, it turns out that isn't technically true. Hour Community posted a story (via SlashFilm), which Kevin Smith confirmed with a retweet on Twitter, that reveals the hockey film will actually be a story split into two films like Kill Bill. During a Q&A at a Canadian screenings of Red State, Smith said the first film will follow the main character Buddy as he grows up in Canada and learns to play hockey while the second half will chronicle his life as a professional hockey player.
Smith says that while writing the screenplay, he realized that the story was getting too big for one film. Seems a bit over-zealous for a film being adapted from a 5-minute song, but maybe Smith has crafted some sort of definitive coming-of-age hockey film that just needs two films to come through. While normally there would be a concern about a studio willing to greenlight two films like this, Smith's return to his indie roots means that he'll figure out a way to get both films released one way or another. The question is whether audiences will turn out for a two-part film like this. If Smith gets his wish to round up his big name friends like Matt Damon and Ben Affleck along with other stars who have appeared in his previous films (including the cast from Red State), then that shouldn't be a problem. Here's hoping Smith's written a decent enough pair of scripts to make this worthwhile.