Just when you thought Kevin Smith might actually keep his promise of retiring from the film industry after one last movie, it appears that he is already starting to change the parameters of that promise just a little bit. He has been saying for a while now that his upcoming hockey drama Hit Somebody would be his final swan song, a bittersweet tale of the life of an NHL enforcer based loosely on the song “Hit Somebody” by Warren Zevon. At the first stop on the Canadian leg of his Red State tour last night in Montreal, he revealed that the project is growing into something bigger than just one film. While this is great news for Kevin Smith fans, something tells me that everyone else is collectively rolling their eyes right now.
According to Hour Community, during the Q&A after the screening of Red State, Smith revealed that Hit Somebody is now going to be split up into two films a la Kill Bill. The first film will focus on his childhood growing up in Canada, while the second film will be about his pro hockey career. Apparently the script had been expanding so much that he had even been thinking about turning it into an HBO series. Somehow it doesn’t surprise me, as Kevin Smith seems like the kind of guy who, once he starts writing, just can’t stop. Whether or not this will make for a better story remains to be seen.
Smith also revealed in an interview that he is eager to bring back some of his Red State cast for Hit Somebody. Kyle Gallner and Michael Angarano are both on board, and Smith also has Michael Parks in mind to play a French-Canadian hockey coach:
“If you ever saw Twin Peaks, [Parks] played one of the Renault brothers and he had this beautiful French-Canadian accent… So I told him, ‘Dude, I have a role for you, you’re a tough-as-nails, ice-cold coach with this low rumbling French-Canadian accent.’ He put it on for me and it was fucking beautiful.”
At this point, it’s pretty clear that Smith is in love with Michael Parks, and I have heard nothing but good things about his performance in Red State. No word yet on who might play the lead role of Buddy in Hit Somebody, however. Once upon a time, Smith had his heart set on Seann William Scott, but then he signed on star in Michael Dowse’s Goon instead. Are you looking forward to Hit Somebody, and do you think Smith can follow in Tarantino’s footsteps and pull off a two-parter?
Correction: As it was previously announced, Nicholas Braun will star in the film. How could I forget?