Kevin Smith has had a busy year. Between Spoilers, Comic-Book Men, his talking tour and ranting on Twitter, the director was unable to shoot Hit Somebody over the summer, like he said he would. Now, Smith is saying that he feels no need to rush into production, and is making the hockey pic on “[his] own timetable.”
Smith has made it clear that Hit Somebody will be his final film. He’s called it his “thesis film” and mentioned it’ll include everything he’s learned over the course of his filmmaking career. His initial plan was to make two films, Hit Somebody: Home and Hit Somebody: Away, but in January, he Tweeted that he would be making just one big movie instead.
Back in January, Smith also mentioned that he planned to shoot the film during the summer in order to debut it at Sundance 2013, but he just didn’t get around to it.
As we saw with Red State, Smith is not afraid to fly completely solo. But he does admit that getting movies made is hard. He recently talked to The Playlist about why he decided to make Hit Somebody one film after all.
“The problem with Hit Somebody is that I wanted to do it as two movies. It’s tough to get one hockey movie made, let alone two. So I’ve switched back to one movie. I had one-and-a-half scripts that I had to get down to one. I want to get it down to a 150-page script and I know that’s longer than the average script length but I figure I give myself a two-and-a-half hour length on paper knowing that I’m really ruthless in editorial and I can get it down to 2, 2:05, because this is a movie that takes place over 30 years… So at the end of the day if I can get the script down to 150 pages then I can pull the trigger and we’re off and running. And right now I’m at page 240. So I’ve still got to page 90 pages out. It’s a lot of material that I’m just paring down.”
So when will we see his final film? Smith told the site that he’s in no rush to make the movie, and would rather take his time to do it right.
“People are like ‘What’s with that last movie?’ And it’s like, well, it is my last movie so I’m going to do it right and do it on my own timetable. I feel no need to rush into production. I still want to do it for as little money as possible. You’re talking about a movie that takes place between 1950 and 1980 – period piece. It’s going to be expensive, in a way that none of my other conversation pieces have been expensive, because those were pretty much set in the present. You’re talking about not only dressing motherfuckers through 30 years of period, but all the equipment, cars, so it’s going to cost a little bit of money. I’m going to try and keep it low. When I say a little bit of money I’m talking about $20 – 30 million.”
So, it’ll probably be some time before we see this hockey movie. Still, it’s good to know that Smith is taking that time to make it better. If this is indeed his last film, then it’s best he go out with a bang, no?
What do you think?