Kevin Smith Has Written & Will Co-Direct a Holiday Horror Anthology
It's becoming pretty clear that Kevin Smith isn't retiring anytime soon. Aside from the forthcoming Clerks III and Tusk (which just got picked up for distribution, even though it didn't have a presence at Sundance), Smith also revealed another project called Helena Handbag recently. Now there's one more that's been tossed on the burner as the filmmaker announced on his own blog (via SlashFilm) that he's co-written and will co-direct a holiday horror anthology in the vein of Creepshow called Comes the Krampus, based on the idea of the Scandinavian/German creature who eats kids at Christmas. Okay, that sounds pretty cool.
Smith co-write the script with Andy McElfresh from Smodcasts EDUMACATION podcaast after they two stumbled upon the idea during an episode recording where they brainstormed a Christmas horror anthology. That was just at the end of last year. Now Smith says:
"It took us less than a month, but Andy and I have finished the screenplay for a flick we’re calling COMES THE KRAMPUS! It’s 99 pulse-pounding pages of what’s essentially SModCo’s CREEPSHOW, with four terrifying tales stitched together by a freaky framing device. It was a blast to write and totally new to me, as I never actually wrote a screenplay WITH someone else before."
And Smith is bringing the whole Smodcast family in on the fun as directors:
"And now, to extend the spirit of collaboration even further, I’M GONNA CO-DIRECT THE FLICK WITH THE SMODCO FAMILY! Andy McElfresh will direct the “The Krampus vs. The 3rd Grade” episode (SO fucked up), Jason Mewes (yes – THAT Jason Mewes) will direct the “Hitler’s Krampus” episode (twisted period piece), I will direct the “Mask Maker” episode (the Gothic horror piece), Carol Banker will direct the “The Proposal” episode (which is fucking nuts), and Jennifer Schwalbach will direct “The Bad Babysitter” – which is the framing device that holds the whole mess together. Jordan Monsanto will produce for SModcast Pictures and the twin SModCo cherries on the top of this scary sundae? I’m gonna force my Bro Scotty Mo(sier) to act in it and Babble-Meister RALPH GARMAN will feature in every episode!"
Smith says he hopes to shoot this holiday horror anthology right after he finishes Clerks III (which he hopes to start shooting on April 7th). There's been plenty of holiday horror films, but the idea of an anthology sounds pretty fun, especially based on this crazy, child-eating creature. Of course, we're cautiously anxious to see what Jason Mewes and Smith's wife Jennifer Schwalbach (who starred in Clerks II and Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back) can do behind the camera. They've seen Smith directing for years, so they've likely picked up a trick or two, for better or worse. We'll keep you posted on this and all of Smith's projects. Thoughts?