A24 and XYZ Films Pick Up Distribution Rights to Kevin Smith's 'Tusk'
by Ethan Anderton
January 23, 2014
Though writer/director Kevin Smith was unable to bring his odd new horror film Tusk to the 2014 Sundance Film Festival (he's still finishing it up), it's still the 20th anniversary of Clerks, and there's some good news for Smith. In a move that almost feels like the film played at Sundance after all, A24 and XYZ Films have announced purchase of the rights to the film. A24 (the company behind The Spectacular Now) will release Tusk in the United states sometime in the third quarter of 2014, while XYZ Films (behind The Raid franchise) will represent the film to buyers at the European Film Market next month. More below!
A24 is a young company making quite the reputation with films like Spring Breakers and The Bling Ring in their past as well. XYZ Film is also doing well, with The Raid and the sequel which premiered at Sundance (read Alex's glowing review) in their past, not to mention picking up the international rights to Life After Beth (read my disappointed review here). It's a shame Smith didn't have the film done in time for the 20th anniversary of his big break at the indie film festival, but if that means the film is that much more complete, then it will be worth the wait. The question is what festival will it hit before the theatrical release?