A24 and Demarest Films to Distribute Kevin Smith's 'Tusk' in 2014
by Ethan Anderton
December 11, 2013
Though Kevin Smith was all about self-distribution for his film Red State, this time he's letting a couple indie distributors take over. A24 and Demarest Films have just announced that they will distribute Smith's new horror film Tusk, the story of a podcast host and journalist (Justin Long) who stumbles across the story of a lifetime in Mr. Howe (Michael Parks), a worldwide adventurer with amazing tales and a curious penchant for walruses. But what he really finds is himself in a terrifying and peculiar scenario you have to see to believe. Haley Joel Osment also returns to horror with this film along with Genesis Rodriguez.
A24 has had a great run of indie films this year with The Spectacular Now, Spring Breakers and The Bling Ring, not to mention forthcoming Sundance selected Spotlight films like Locke starring Tom Hardy. Meanwhile, Demarest Films has been behind Byzantium and Machete Kills with the Sundance selected premiere of A Most Wanted Man on the way. As for their pick-up of Tusk, obviously Smith is excited saying:
"I'm as happy as the day Miramax bought Clerks back in '94! We're so lucky A24 fell in love with our walrus picture and jumped in the pool with us. I was a big fan of how they released The Bling Ring and Spring Breakers, so I was praying TUSK would take root there. If anyone knows how to bring this flick to the masses, it's them!”
A24 hypes the odd horror film by saying, "We had the privilege of visiting Kevin on the Tusk set and seeing some of his early footage. We can say with certainty that this movie will blow people’s minds. Truly one you’ll have to see to believe.” Demarest Films adds, "We’re thrilled that A24 has joined us in backing Kevin’s wild, deviant vision. Tusk will be a horror movie for the ages and we couldn’t imagine a better partner in bringing it to the world." Right now the plan is to release the film in the third quarter of 2014, so we're betting something like an August release would work, but it could get a limited summer release and expand into fall. We're just glad to see the film getting picked up so quickly for distribution. Sound good?