Director Kevin Smith, never one to let any of his thoughts unpublished, has released the first image from his upcoming low budget feature ‘Tusk’.
According to his blog My Boring Ass Life, the film is about a madman who kidnaps people with the intention of surgically transforming them into human/walrus hybrids. It’s kind of like Human Centipede, only with moustaches. This hand-drawn picture seems to provide an anatomical look at how this monstrosity might turn out:
He accompanied the image with the following tweet: “Is man, indeed, a walrus at heart?” We wrap TUSK this Friday! Will be tough to leave NC as I’m so in love with my Charlotte crew and this wacky flick we’re making! #WalrusYes”
The hashtag on this probably requires some explanation, as does the genesis of the film. But who better to explain it to you than Smith himself. Taken from Smith’s blog, bear in mind that the SModcast he refers to is a long-running podcast he hosts with his friend and producer Scott Mosier:
6 minutes and 45 seconds into the show, I start telling Scott a story that I found via a few British Tweeters who felt it was excellent SModcast material. The story concerns a listing from GumTree.uk, a website that specializes in living situations and apartments to rent. In one memorable listing, a homeowner offers a living situation free of charge – the only caveat being the lodger would have to dress like a walrus from time to time
[...]The listing got my creative juices flowing and I began reconstructing the whole thing as an old British Hammer horror film, in which a mad scientist intends to sew some hapless lodger into counterfeit blubber, creating a chimera in an effort to answer the ultimate riddle, “Is man, indeed, a walrus at heart?!”
[...]By 57 minutes into the podcast, we’ve wrapped up our walrus discussion and moved on to the subject of Bart’s Bakery and his cookie claims. But before we sign off, I tell the audience to let me know if I’m on to something or if I’m just blazed, or both. There are two hash-tags I suggest listeners can use to vote on the fictional film: #WalrusYes and #WalrusNo
Smith quickly pumped out a screenplay and brought aboard actors Michael Parks (who had starred in his last horror film Red State) and Justin Long and procured a modest $2 million budget. And that, kids, is how you get a film made.
If you don’t already follow his numerous blogs and podcasts, they are well worth checking out. A favourite of ours is Hollywood Babble-On, a weekly show in which Smith and co-host Ralph Garman chat about showbiz gossip and what-not.