Kevin Smith's 'Hit Somebody' is a Movie Again, Shooting Fall 2015
The last time we heard about Kevin Smith's gestating hockey project Hit Somebody, it was being turned into a miniseries at AMC where the director's reality show "Comic Book Men" is hosted. However, that was over two years ago, and at that time, Clerks III was going to be the last film that Smith directed before retiring from directing. But now that Tusk has been made, Yoga Hosers is on the way, and Moose Jaws is also in the works to complete what is being called the True North Trilogy, clearly a lot has changed. And now Hit Somebody is finally back on the table, and this time it's a feature film again, looking to shoot in 2015.
SlashFilm recently spoke to Smith himself about Hit Somebody, and much like the release of Tusk resulted in him getting financing for Clerks III, the panned film actually has opened up multiple doors for him despite not being a success. Demarest is the company that got Tusk off the ground, but another production banner called Star Stream, run by a woman named Kim Ledford, is the group behind Smith's forthcoming holiday horror anthology Krampus, or Anti-Claus as it's called now. They also ended up picking up Yoga Hosers when Demarest wasn't going to be ready to produce it by the time Smith wanted to shoot. And now they're the ones who are backing Hit Somebody. Smith explains:
"So [Kim and I] were having this conversation about fake Canada that I keep setting the movies in now for this True North Trilogy. And Kim, her former boss, he used to work tangentially in the world of the NHL (National Hockey League). Howard Baldwin I believe was her former boss. So, you know, she knows a lot about the world of hockey, particularly the WHA (World Hockey Association). And I was like ‘Oh my Lord, I have written this mini-series that we were planning to do with CBC up in Canada. That, you know, I’ve been sitting on for a while.’ I said, ‘You would love to read it, just because it’s set in the world that you know very well.’ And then when I was all over, she was like ‘Wow, we’re making this right now.’ And so we have two meetings and we met with our Canadian counterparts, ’cause we’re gonna shoot up a lot of it up North and then some of it in Michigan as well. But we were able to kind of pull the budget together. So in the fall of 2015, we head up to it looks like Northern Ontario and start shooting 'Hit Somebody.'"
Originally, Hit Somebody was envisioned as a two-film saga, which is why the switch to a miniseries made sense. But now that it's back to a big screen project, we're not sure if there are still two movies planned, or if this will be a single film story now. Either way, it sounds like Hit Somebody will be Smith's next project to follow Yoga Hosers, unless of course he gets Anti-Claus off the ground before then. These aren't expensive, complicated films to complete, so it's not out of the question. Previously, most of the cast of Red State was going to come back for Hit Somebody, but we're not sure who will be in the film now. Stay tuned.