A24 Films Picks up Kevin Smith’s ‘Tusk’ for release in 2014


Tusk-Kevin-Smith-586x381You all know how big a fan of Kevin Smith I am by now, but even those of you who don’t have a penchant for his work should be excited for this news. A24 has acquired Smith’s just completed horror film Tusk and will be putting it out around the late summer or fall of next year. The flick stars Michael Parks, Justin Long, Haley Joel Osment, and Genesis Rodriguez and essentially is a monster movie about a nut trying to turn a man into a walrus. I’ve actually read the script, so the less I reveal, the better, but it’s a weird little film that should appeal to horror fans and indie movie buffs in general. It’s also nothing like Smith’s previous directorial outings either, so that could appeal to some of you as well. You can see the report below, along with a teaser image of what Parks’ character wants to do to Long’s, but stay tuned for more on this one in 2014, as it’s now part of a very cool slate for A24…

Here’s the story from The Hollywood Reporter:

A24 has teamed up with Demarest Films for Kevin Smith’s latest film, Tusk.

The New York-based company plans to release the film, which stars Justin Long, Michael Parks, Genesis Rodriguez and Haley Joel Osment, in the third quarter of 2014.

Tusk, written and directed by Smith, is considered a “modern-day monster movie” and is currently in production. Sam Englebardt, David Greathouse and Shannon McIntosh are producing.

In the film, Long plays a journalist who finds the story of a lifetime in Mr. Howe (Parks), a worldwide adventurer with amazing tales and a curious penchant for walruses.

“I’m as happy as the day Miramax bought Clerks back in ’94!” Smith said in the announcement. “We’re so lucky A24 fell in love with our walrus picture and jumped in the pool with us. I was a big fan of how they released The Bling Ring and Spring Breakers, so I was praying Tusk would take root there.”

A24’s 2013 releases included Sofia Coppola’s The Bling Ring, Harmony Korine’s Spring Breakers and James Ponsoldt’s Spectacular Now. Upcoming titles for 2014 include David Michod’s The Rover, Steven Knight’s Tom Hardy starrer Locke and Jonathan Glazer’s Under the Skin, starring Scarlett Johansson.

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