On July 16th Kevin Smith tweeted that he’d finished the first draft of a new horror script called Tusk, and now, also via Twitter, Smith has announced that the film is in pre-production. Talk about moving fast!
Per The Journalist, Smith and producer Scott Mosier first discussed the concept of Tusk as a joke during an episode of their popular podcast series “Smodcast,” entitled “The Walrus and The Carpenter,” after reading a Gumtree ad 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.”
The idea grew after Smith began to write a script for the horror film, inspired by ideas he and Mosier pitched during the podcast and the overwhelming support the movie got from listeners who tweeted at the filmmaker #WalrusYes. The film’s development was then discussed at length during the episode “Chicken of the Sea,” wherein the director mentioned he had been in contact with his Red State star Michael Parks about a possible role in the film. A week later, as is typical for Smith, he confirmed that Tusk is now a reality via Twitter:
Sent the great Michael Parks his copy of TUSK script. I'll let you know if digs it or if he's like "You're smoking far too much weed,Kev…"
— KevinSmith (@ThatKevinSmith) July 18, 2013
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
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