Justin Long Joining Kevin Smith's 'Tusk' Which Will Help 'Clerks III'
Before Kevin Smith moves on to complete his unlikely trilogy with Clerks III, he's putting together a strange, original horror movie called Tusk. The film will be based on a real newspaper article he had read about a man who was lost at sea for six months with a walrus and was now looking for a roommate. But there's a catch: the resident was required to wear a walrus costume for 2 hours a day, acting like his former aquatic friend. Smith called the film a "cuddly version of The Human Centipede," and now he says the film will act as an "ivory bridge" to his the sequel, in order to make financing sequel a little easier. More below!
Speaking with Entertainment Weekly, Smith said:
"I think Tusk will be an ivory bridge, if you will, to 'Clerks III.' I finished up the script [for 'Clerks'] in May or June, but the timetable is pretty tough because the budget is larger. 'Tusk' is a moveable feast at like $2 million and change, so it was way more nimble to put that together. Tusk was just something to do while waiting for news back on 'Clerks III.' Suddenly, people were like, “Really? A human walrus? That sounds fucked up.” It suddenly took pole position. Then I started going, “Look, I do this, it’s going to make 'Clerks III' even easier to do. I can warm up for 'Clerks III.' It’s been a couple of years. Maybe I need some warmup pitches. But you definitely will see 'Tusk' before you’ll see 'Clerks III.' And if I have my way, you’ll see 'Tusk' up in Sundance in January."
It seems fitting that the last film Smith directed caused a bit of a stir at Sundance since he publicized an auction of the film on his own behalf until he announced that he was "buying" the film and distributing it himself. However, Smith might have a slight snag since submissions for Sundance were due earlier this week. But since Smith has a solid relationship with the festival, I'm sure they could work something out for a special premiere. Plus, Smith just added Justin Long to the film as the walrus-wardrobed resident (a role he originally wanted Quentin Tarantino to take), joining Michael Parks as the weird landlord. We're not sure what to expect, but we're always interested in a Kevin Smith film.