Kevin Smith Wants to Make an Odd Original Horror Film Called 'Tusk'
After making Red State, writer and director Kevin Smith talked about being nearly finished with making his own films. Smith had been working on getting Hit Somebody off the ground, but that project is now becoming a miniseries. So instead, Smith's last film looked to be Clerks III, with his first draft just completed at the beginning of the summer. However, during Smith's traditional panel at Comic-Con, the filmmaker revealed that he has written a horror film called Tusk 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.
That doesn't sound too scary, but what if one of the stipulations for the resident required the person to wear a walrus costume for 2 hours a day, acting like his aquatic friend. Smith described the film (according to Screen Invasion, via SlashFilm) as a "cuddly version of The Human Centipede," and he wants his Red State villain Michael Parks in the lead as the walrus loving landlord. The script is 85 pages long, so it's a shorter feature film, and he's actually sent it to Quentin Tarantino with hopes the director will play the role of the resident forced to dress up like a walrus. Smith hasn't heard from Tarantino yet.
Either way, the film sounds more than strange. The Sun talked about the ad featuring words from the landlord talking about his time with the walrus:
"Never have I had such a fulfilling friendship with anyone, human or otherwise, and upon leaving the island I was heartbroken for months. I have, over the last few months, been constructing a realistic walrus costume, which should fit most people of average proportions, and allow for full and easy movement in character.”
Instructions include "no speaking in a human voice and any communication must entail making utterances in the voice of a walrus," not to mention "catching and eating the fish and crabs" which may be thrown while in character. Otherwise, the guy sounds completely normal saying, "I am a considerate person to share a house with, and other than playing the accordion my tastes are easy to accommodate.” Yeah, we can definitely see how this could be a cuddly little horror film, maybe even along the lines of Misery. We're not sure if this film will really get off the ground, so stay tuned.
UPDATE: Kevin Smith says the film is officially getting made. On Twitter, he wrote, "IT'S AN ACTUAL MOVIE IN PRE-PRO! Shooting 9/15: TUSK!" So get ready for some weird stuff.