Failure of 'Tusk' Has Somehow Helped Secure Financing for 'Clerks 3'
It's been over a week since Kevin Smith's peculiar horror endeavor Tusk hit theaters, and the film hasn't been a hit in any sense of the word. The film starring Justin Long, Haley Joel Osment and Michael Parks currently sits with a disappointing 42% on Rotten Tomatoes and has only pulled in just over $1.4 million at the box office. However, Kevin Smith revealed in his Hollywood Babble-On podcast on Friday (via The Wrap) that his box office bomb has somehow secured financing for him to be able to make Clerks 3 for his fans. This comes after The Weinstein Company agreed to distribute the sequel, but not fund production.
Speaking on his podcast, Smith said:
“A year and change ago I was desperately trying to get ‘Clerks III’ made for the 20th anniversary and that desperation — I must have reeked of it because I couldn't f–king find money and shit. But it was ‘Tusk,’ people going ‘Holy f–k, what else do you have?’ and I was like ‘Clerks III’ and they're like ‘done'. So, everybody that's like, ‘He failed, he failed,’ I'm like ‘Thank you, I failed into doing ‘Clerks III.'”
It seems a little weird that a financier would be so shocked by Tusk that they would be interested in Kevin Smith going back to the well with Clerks 3 as opposed to something more original and unique. How could they not be familiar enough with Kevin Smith to expect that Clerks 3 was on his docket and then still support the film when they seem to just be interested in what other craziness he has to follow Tusk? Anyway, with the horror film struggling in theaters, we'll see what happens with Yoga Hosers (the spin-off following the daughters of Smith and Johnny Depp, who appear in Tusk). At least Clerks fans can take solace in knowing that they'll get to see the trilogy complete at some point.
Reader Feedback - 12 Comments
42 percent isnt the end of the world...some people still liked it. I watched The Signal the other day(55% on RT) and absolutely fucking love it.
Jon Odishaw on Sep 29, 2014
The Signal was awesome. As for Tusk, I think the horrible box office numbers are due to the lack of advertising. I honestly had no idea it was out.
Danimal on Sep 29, 2014
He did some major schilling on the podcast network. But most people who take in pods are stoners who will pirate way before buying anything.
DAVIDPD on Sep 29, 2014
I'm still curious to check out Tusk, even though reviews definitely made it seem strange, but then again, I guess he intended on that? At least we get 'Clerks III' out of it, I enjoyed the first two.
Justin R on Sep 29, 2014
Just watched it... fantastic. Some real funny moments as well as disturbing ones.
Andy on Jan 2, 2015
Was this technically a bomb? It couldn't have cost that much to produce.
DAVIDPD on Sep 29, 2014
I wouldn't call "Tusk" a great film, though I enjoyed it. What it did show, though, was that Kevin Smith has versatility and the ability to market something on his own. It certainly didn't look like most of the rest of his catalog, and he left the marketing down to whatever he could do on his own. Considering the cost of the film (reported to be $3m) and the cost of marketing (essentially $0), it may yet be a success.
EndMisinformation on Sep 29, 2014
Clerks 3, good idea.
AwesomeWave on Sep 29, 2014
This is not a bomb. It's made half its budget back in two weeks. With online sales, DVD/Blu-Ray sales, International rights, its absolutely going to make its budget back and more. That's why funding for Clerks 3 is secured...Because industry people can add up the numbers, unlike the people who write these stories.
Buzz on Sep 30, 2014
C'mon, who WOULDN'T pay 14 bucks to see Justin Long tortured?
John Pendleton on Sep 30, 2014
I can't speak for the film's artistic merits as I've not seen it, but this is the type of film that thrives on VOD. Also it had a low (almost micro) budget and they saved on marketing by having Smith promoting it on Twitter and such. So it's definitely not a financial failure (for what it's worth).
DavideCoppola on Sep 30, 2014
Do you know how movies work? Tusk makes HALF its money back in no time with ZERO marketing (outside of Smith himself) and with almost no theaters playing it? I call that a huge fucking success. You are an idiot, this review reeks of snooty "critic." You say "as opposed to something more original and unique" WHILE BASHING A FUCKING MOVIE ABOUT A MAN TURNED INTO A GOD DAMN WALRUS!!!! You idiots don't know what you want. Go watch Avengers 47 and leave my indie films alone.
Bajamin on Mar 16, 2015
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