Legendary indie film-maker Kevin Smith has teased a new script based on an idea the director had with producer Scott Mosier on their podcast, Smodcast.
The idea was initially part of funny discussion between Smith and Mosier on a podcast entitled ‘The Walrus and The Carpenter’ regarding an advertisement on Gumtree from a man seeking a lodger in his house with only one condition, that “To take on the position as my lodger you must be prepared to wear the walrus suit for approximately two hours each day (in practice, this is not two hours every day – I merely state it here so you are able to have a clear idea of the workload). Whilst in the walrus costume you must be a walrus – there must be no speaking in a human voice, and any communication must entail making utterances in the voice of a walrus”.
However, what started out as a comedic bit from the pair turned into a reality, something Smith has expressed as one of the many advantages of podcasting. Listening to the episode you can slowly hear the auteur and his long time friend and producer Scott Mosier starting to pitch ideas to one another regarding a cinematic re-imagining of the story in the style of a Horror-drama. By the end of the recording Smith requested his twitter followers tweet #WalrusYes or #WalrusNo to decide if they would like to see ‘The Walrus and The Carpenter’ for real.
This week the New Jersey native posted an image of the script, now entitled Tusk, and confirmed that the conversation was now turning into a film. Talking on the latest Smodcast ‘Chicken of the Sea’, Smith confirmed that Michael Parks, who he has worked with before on Red State, was being considered and contacted for a role in the horror movie. Describing the script, the indie film-maker has said the movie will be based in “the backwoods of Manitoba, Canada”.
Since his career began in 1994 Kevin Smith has always been an interesting film-maker who has strived to break new ground in his art. The concept of bringing what was simply one of many funny moments from his podcast series to the big screen is a bold, post-modernist idea that shows some twenty years into his career Smith still has the indie spirit that brought us Clerks and his seminal Red State speech at Sundance 2011.
Listen to Smodcasts 259 and 262 to hear the full dialogue between Smith and Mosier. The director will also be appearing at this year’s San Diego Comic Con 2013 for a Q&A session on Saturday, July 20th.