Smith’s Red State Still Looking for Cash

Kevin Smitht announced horror movie title, plot!It’s been a long time since there’s been any movement on Kevin Smith’s first foray into horror, “>Red State and for a while there we began to think maybe the project was DOA.

Such is not the case, as STYD found out when speaking to Smith before the premiere of his latest, Zack and Miri Make a Porno. Apparently the biggest problem getting the film made is that age-old she bitch, money. ”We’re still looking for some cash for it ‘cause it’s not a really commercial film at all,” Smith explained. ”It’s very bleak and very dark, and there’s no one to root for in the movie, so it’s a real film festival type of film, but it’s not the kind of movie you can take into multiplexes and do a bunch of business with unless it becomes a water cooler type of movie where people start talking about it. So we’ve had trouble finding financing for it, but hopefully that’ll come together soon. Script’s all done.”

The plan is to shoot it for about $5 million in the Midwest with a cast of unknowns, which are also factors not conducive to people handing you money. It’s still kind of hard to imagine Smith actually doing a horror movie, despite his intentions, but he is going more for a disturbing horror akin to the original Wicker Man, so I’m sure it’ll be interesting if nothing else.

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  • Kryten Syxx

    “It’s very bleak and very dark, and there’s no one to root for in the movie.” That may be the reason right there. It’s almost like saying, “Odds are you aren’t going to like it and we may not be able to earn the money back at all, but give me the cash anyway.”

    • G.D.

      “Odds are you aren’t going to like it and we not be able to earn the money back at all,?”

      A Kevin Smith movie is NOT going to fail to make back $5 million. If it was right after Clerks, maybe, but not now. A cheap horror movie is not going to flop like that. Between horror fans who will support a non-remake and Kevin Smith fans who will support his movies, you’ve got a pretty decent audience base already.

      It doesn’t matter anyway, because Zack & Miri will make some bank, having Seth Rogen headlining it, so they’ll be lining up to finance the movie come November.

  • Cash Bailey

    How is this possible?

    With the exception of JERSEY GIRL Smith has never made a movie that lost money. Even MALLRATS made a bundle on video.

    I just hope he doesn’t end up at Lionsgate and get ass-fucked by those clueless chimps.

    • G.D.

      I’m sure even Jersey Girl’s turned a profit by now.

      But even if it hasn’t, it had a $30+ million budget, whereas he’s looking for FIVE to do this?!? Come ON, rich people, cough up the scratch.

  • Terminal

    I’ll donate ten bucks.

    Wocka, Wocka.

  • G.D.

    That’s amazing. I can’t believe that, even if his movies aren’t blockbusters, Smith wouldn’t be able to get $5M to make this!

    Unless, of course, it’s just a really bad script…