Last week director Kevin Smith uploaded an image of a new script called ‘Tusk’ based on an idea he and producer Scott Mosier developed during their popular podcast series, Smodcast. Now the film-maker has announced via twitter that the movie is in pre-production.
As theJournalist.ie previously reported, Smith and Mosier initially began discussing the concept of the horror-drama as a joke during an episode of Smodcast called ‘The Walrus and The Carpenter‘ when the duo read a Gumtree advert from a man looking for a lodger that stated.
“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 the seed of the idea grew and Smith began to write a script for the horror film, now entitled Tusk, inspired by ideas he and Mosier pitched during the podcast and the overwhelming support the movie got from listeners who tweeted at the film-maker #WalrusYes. The film’s development was then discussed at length during the episode ‘Chicken of the Sea‘, where the auteur mentioned that he had been in contact with legendary Twin Peaks and Kill Bill star Michael Parks about a possible role in the film for the actor.
Taking to twitter today, Kevin Smith has confirmed that Tusk is now a reality, tweeting.
SModcast 259:TheWalrus&TheCarpenter debuts 6/25. Less than 1 month later… IT’S AN ACTUAL MOVIE IN PRE-PRO! Shooting 9/15: TUSK! #WalrusYes
— KevinSmith (@ThatKevinSmith) July 23, 2013
Kevin Smith’s Tusk project is an interesting concept, rarely can a film’s inception and development be followed so closely and with so much access to the process. The idea of taking what was a simple conversation piece between two friends is now being turned into a fully realised production, something Smith has advocated time and again about the podcast medium and his art in general.