Kevin Smith Says 'Hit Somebody' Becoming a Two-Part Hockey Saga
While the filmmaker has been touting that his big screen adaptation of Warren Zevon's hockey song Hit Somebody would be his last film as a director, it turns out that isn't technically true. Hour Community posted a story (via SlashFilm), which Kevin Smith confirmed with a retweet on Twitter, that reveals the hockey film will actually be a story split into two films like Kill Bill. During a Q&A at a Canadian screenings of Red State, Smith said the first film will follow the main character Buddy as he grows up in Canada and learns to play hockey while the second half will chronicle his life as a professional hockey player.
Smith says that while writing the screenplay, he realized that the story was getting too big for one film. Seems a bit over-zealous for a film being adapted from a 5-minute song, but maybe Smith has crafted some sort of definitive coming-of-age hockey film that just needs two films to come through. While normally there would be a concern about a studio willing to greenlight two films like this, Smith's return to his indie roots means that he'll figure out a way to get both films released one way or another. The question is whether audiences will turn out for a two-part film like this. If Smith gets his wish to round up his big name friends like Matt Damon and Ben Affleck along with other stars who have appeared in his previous films (including the cast from Red State), then that shouldn't be a problem. Here's hoping Smith's written a decent enough pair of scripts to make this worthwhile.
Reader Feedback - 7 Comments
the world needs more hockey films. and good kevin smith films. i'm stoked.
Jordan Ivey on Aug 15, 2011
Is it me or does KS look like a chubby "Joey Tribbianni"?
DanTheMan on Aug 15, 2011
God, I cannot stand this guy. He created a couple of decent characters and he's been milking it for years. Sick and tired of this hack!
kinks! on Aug 15, 2011
Haters gonna hate
Fiendish Observational Comic on Aug 15, 2011
Sound info - I will certainly attend both! (provided the 1st is decent of course)
RhythmDave on Aug 15, 2011
2 parts? huh, didnt know that, thought I was updated with Kevin Smith's plans via his podcasts on smodcast.com? Guess I missed some last week then 🙂 Well...it is a hockey story spanning 30+ years, instead of 1 longassed movie, its 2 longassed movies 🙂 Sometimes more is better. Kill Bill is mentioned, I have no prob that movie was split into two movies, I've only seen both/1+2 in one sitting once, the Japanese version(house of blue leaves fighting scene is in color+more scenes). Actually, has anyone ever heared complaints of a movie being in 2 parts?? Will someone really not see a movie in 2 parts, like harry potters last ones, The Hobbit or Kill Bill? Think they did well, I know The Hobbit will do well, lets hope Hit Somebody does aswell. Only group of films I can remember atm that's in 2 parts, hehe.
David Banner on Aug 15, 2011
We need more hockey movies. Serious ones. Hockey is an excellent story to tell as long as it isnt "hollywood-ized"
AK on Aug 16, 2011
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