OK, just to recap—after starting strong with an entertaining series of chatty, smartass films (Clerks, Mallrats [hey, it has its moments], and Chasing Amy), writer/director Kevin Smith began a long, dark slide into scatological and self-indulgent filmmaking with dreck like Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, just-kind-of-unfunny comedies like Zack and Miri Make a Porno, and hired-gun flab like Cop Out (ok, we were fairly entertained by Red State). Then, he announced that he would direct the film Hit Somebody, and then retire .
Then… he announced he’d go ahead and follow-up Hit Somebody with Clerks III.
And then… he announced he’d follow-up Clerks III with a horror film called Tusk.
And then again…. word broke he may work on a movie called Helena Handbag.
And now, it appears he may have a fourth post-“retirement” project on the way. This film would be a “holiday horror anthology” called Comes the Krampus and was co-written Andy McElfresh. The plan is for each segment to have a different direct (including one by Smith), and for all to be filmed over the summer. Here’s the official announcement:
If you listen to the EDUMACATION podcast, you’ll remember that episode 20 (Part 2 of the Christmas eps) consisted of another dopey conversation that resulted in a screenplay – a’la SModcast and TUSK. I was goofing around with Mr. Edumacation himself, Professor Andy McElfresh, when we accidentally brainstormed a Christmas horror anthology that would eschew the gruesome spin on Santa Claus, and instead embrace the Scandinavian/German Kid-Eating Christmas creature known as the The Krampus. That podcast was released 12/23/13.
It took us less than a month, but Andy and I have finished the screenplay for a flick we’re calling COMES THE KRAMPUS! It’s 99 pulse-pounding pages of what’s essentially SModCo’s CREEPSHOW, with four terrifying tales stitched together by a freaky framing device. It was a blast to write and totally new to me, as I never actually wrote a screenplay WITH someone else before.
And now, to extend the spirit of collaboration even further, I’M GONNA CO-DIRECT THE FLICK WITH THE SMODCO FAMILY! Andy McElfresh will direct the “The Krampus vs. The 3rd Grade” episode (SO fucked up), Jason Mewes (yes – THAT Jason Mewes) will direct the “Hitler’s Krampus” episode (twisted period piece), I will direct the “Mask Maker” episode (the Gothic horror piece), Carol Banker will direct the “The Proposal” episode (which is fucking nuts), and Jennifer Schwalbach will direct “The Bad Babysitter” – which is the framing device that holds the whole mess together. Jordan Monsanto will produce for SModcast Pictures and the twin SModCo cherries on the top of this scary sundae? I’m gonna force my Bro Scotty Mo(sier) to act in it and Babble-Meister RALPH GARMAN will feature in every episode!
The script reads like it’s maybe a $2 million movie. We’ll start doing a schedule and a budget next week, but the idea is to shoot it right on the heels of CLERKS III (which I’m hoping to start on April 7th). It’s gonna be fun and a true SModcast Picture! There’s something to be said for the power of podcasting…
What do you think of the Smith news?