Kevin Smith Working on Hockey Movie 'Hit Somebody'
Like it or not, Kevin Smith is still going strong, even if Zack and Miri wasn't exactly the biggest hit. Not only is he lined up to direct A Couple of Dicks later this year, but he's entertaining the idea of a hockey movie, too. Oddly, it's based on the Warren Zevon song "Hit Somebody (The Hockey Song)" - which you can listen to here. As Smith explains, the song is "about a goon, a hockey goon. It's this very wonderful, soaring, moving story that's also bittersweet and very, very funny, about a hockey player who just wants to play hockey, who loves hockey so much, but just sucks at it." A Kevin Smith sports movie? Hell yes, bring it on!
Smith goes on to tell MTV, "the song's been one of my favorites since I heard it and I've always seen this whole movie behind. I got in touch with Mitch because Warren Zevon has passed on and we started talking about it and he was into it and into what I was kind of pitching." He's talking about author Mitch Albom, known for "Tuesdays with Morrie", who will be teaming up with Smith to adapt this. That goon that the song is about, since he sucks at hockey, "the only thing he can do to be on a team is just be the enforcer, just be the guy who goes out there and beats the sh*t out of people." Sound like something you'd want to see?
Smith is looking to make it sometime in 2010 or 2011, and he's selling it as "the one I really want to do in a big, bad way." It will be set in the late 1970s within the World Hockey Association, before those teams were absorbed into the National Hockey League. "It takes place during the last gasp of the goon era of hockey when it was all about fighting," Smith says. While it will be humorous (do any of his movies not have comedy?), Smith envisions it as being more dramatic, even hoping for awards possibility. "If I play my cards right and we get the right people in it, it could be an award-type movie." I'm already excited!
Reader Feedback - 14 Comments
Kevin Smith rocks!
Andrius on May 15, 2009
NICE! I'm a huge hockey fan, this will be awesome! Personally I thought Zach n Miri was excellent, probably his best movie to date. Can't wait to hear more.
K on May 15, 2009
Sounds like a cross between the first ten minutes of 'Happy Gilmore' and Will Ferrell's 'Semi-Pro'.
Dave Lister, JMC on May 15, 2009
I just heard the song. WTF! It is awesome that he gets the story from this. Go Kevin Smith. This is going to be awesome. Go listen to this song and just picture Kevin Smith takeing this to some studio and saying, "Here is my next movie." *hit play* awwwwww yea. FUCKING AWESOME!
AllmightyKeim on May 15, 2009
I as a hockey / Kevin Smith fan love this idea. What was the last GOOD hockey movie? All I remember is Slapshot and it's from 1977. Time to bring hockey back on the big screen.
One of The Hanson Brothers on May 15, 2009
SICK - I'm in! "But just sucks at it" hahaha xlnt
Nick Sears on May 15, 2009
Anyone know what's going on with Red State? I got so excited when I heard about Smith doing horror, but it seems to have drifted into the netherworld of Hollywood.
peloquin on May 15, 2009
Nobody wants to fund it, so its either until someone picks it up or if he makes enough money to make it by himself. But its good that hes got other films lined up. Big Kevin Smtih fan here.
Marcus on May 15, 2009
As fan of the late Toledo Storm, where the home crowd would shout “Hit Somebody” before the National Anthem was even done, I am in.
Goudos on May 15, 2009
I'm a Kevin Smith fan, but I have to agree with #3
Victor on May 15, 2009
That's why he's making the big budget sci-fi flick Silent, to get cash for Red State.
Lopretni on May 18, 2009
huge fan of hockey!!! I play but i am not any good at it either.....sounds great!!!!
candelaria on Jun 18, 2009
What;s happening with this? I'm hearing about this movie but I haven't seen or heard anything about it in a while. Huge Kevin Smith fan and huge hockey fan. Hope to God this happens!
Hockey Training on Oct 12, 2009
This sounds awesome! Can Jay (I don't know his real name...the other half of "Jay and Silent Bob") be the goon? I'm remembering the roof scene from Clerks...perhaps Dante and Russell will make a cameo as opposing players? This movie could be EPIC!
D-MinusHockey on Oct 16, 2009
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