Goo Goo Gajoob: Kevin Smith’s Horror TUSK Hits Theaters 2014

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This morning distributor A24 and production house Demarest Films have announced their plans to release Kevin Smith’s newest film Tusk in theaters 2014. Demarest (Machete Kills) participated in financing and producing, while A24 (Spring Breakers, The Bling Ring) plans a wide release of the film the third quarter of this year.

Smith’s “modern day monster movie,” follows a journalist (played by Justin Long) as he investigates the story of world-adventurer and walrus-enthusiast Mr. Howe (Michael Parks). The film also stars Haley Joel Osment and Genesis Rodriguez and has roots in Smith’s SModcasts. XYZ films said in the press release: “His bold and uncompromising vision for TUSK is a game-changer and one that we know will yield a memorable film that will leave audiences breathless.”

Smith’s career has seen its ups and downs. After the failure of 2010’s buddy-cop comedy Cop Out, Smith “went rogue” to produce indie film Red State. A politically tinged compound thriller, Red State was produced independently and distributed in a manner resembling what Mel Gibson had done for The Passion of Christ. That film's chilly critical reception can’t be dissociated from what came next: an (anti-critic) anti-movie review show called Spoilers that ran on Hulu and was produced by Smith’s SModcast Pictures. According to a Comicon Post via /Film (posted July 24, 2013), The Weinsteins are discussing a budge for Clerks III

In 1993, Smith was praying his debut feature Clerks would be a hit at Sundance. Twenty years later, he’s distributed before the party started.

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