Filmmaker Kevin Smith has been busier than ever these days, finishing up work on his upcoming horror movie Tusk, while setting up another movie entitled Anti-Claus, with the long-awaited Clerks III still waiting in the wings. During a recent interview with Screen Daily, the filmmaker clarified his upcoming slate, revealing that he is now working on a spin-off of Tusk known as Yoga-Hosers that will be shot later this year, followed by Anti-Claus and then Clerks III.
Yoga-Hosers will shoot later this year, with Demarest and Starscream providing the financing. The filmmaker revealed that the story is based on two minor characters who appear in Tusk.
"Like Tusk, [Yoga-Hosers] sprang out of a podcast. There are two characters in a convenience store in Tusk that you see for five minutes, very much Ronsencrantz and Guildenstern. I've built a whole movie around them and I have brought one of the other characters from Tusk back."
Tusk stars Haley Joel Osment, Genesis Rodriguez, Justin Long and Michael Parks, with Johnny Depp reportedly having a minor role. The story follows a journalist (Justin Long) who comes across the story of a lifetime when he meets Mr. Howe (Michael Parks), an adventurer who has an obsession with walruses.
After the Tusk spin-off, Kevin Smith will move on to Anti-Claus, which is currently being pre-sold by XYZ Films, and is described as, "a Creepshow-like horror anthology," which will round out his trilogy of horror movies that include Red State and Tusk. The filmmaker's Tusk stars Haley Joel Osment, Genesis Rodriguez, Justin Long and Michael Parks will all return for Anti-Claus, although it isn't known when production will begin.
When his horror trilogy is complete, Kevin Smith will then move on to Clerks III, a project which the director confirmed was passed on by The Weinstein Company because the $6 million budget was too high.
"[The Weinsteins] passed. I went in with a $6m budget and they were, like, 'Oh no Kevin, this is too high.' Bob (Weinstein) offered us distribution but they weren't going to finance it."
The filmmaker's statement mirrors what franchise co-star Jason Mewes had to say back in May, where he revealed that the sequel may end up shooting by the end of this year. The Weinstein Company still has the rights to the Clerks franchise, so it looks like the filmmaker will have to drum up financing for the movie before cameras begin to roll.
At one point, just a few years back, Kevin Smith was ready to retire as a director, but those plans have clearly changed, as the filmmaker revealed in the following statement.
"I am definitely not going to retire. I am only going to make films that only I could ever make or would ever make."
The director has also been a news source as of late for the highly-anticipated Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, which is currently in production. After he confirmed Warner Bros.' future superhero movie release plans, we reported last week that he even wrote a fake screenplay for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, which was leaked to several news websites and included phony plot spoilers to prevent websites from spoiling the real story.