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Kevin Smith has had a busy year. In addition to appearing on several podcasts each week, the filmmaker has been writing plenty of scripts, like his Krampus film Anti-Claus and his new film Tusk. The first poster for the new horror film debuted on the film’s official site and on Smith’s own blog.
Tusk centers on a podcaster played by Justin Long, who meets a strange guy (Michael Parks) who wants the younger man to dress up as a walrus for large portions of the day. Tusk finds its roots in Smith’s podcast SModcast with longtime friend and producer Scott Mosier. Smith recently revealed that Tusk is the first of three Canada-set films inspired by the Internet radio show, to be followed by Yoga Hosers and Moose Jaws, which was just announced on SModcast #302.
One film that’s having trouble gaining traction, however, is Clerks 3, the second sequel to Smith’s first film. He explained to Screen Daily that The Weinstein Co. passed on the project. “I went in with a $6 million budget and they were like, ‘Oh no, Kevin. This is too high,’” Smith said. “Bob offered us distribution, but they weren’t going to finance it.”
The move is a surprising one, considering Clerks II was made for $5 million and earned nearly $27 million worldwide. Ever since Smith’s 2011 movie Red State, though, he’s been getting creative with financing, so the film will still very likely get made.