For the past couple of years now, we’ve been hearing Kevin Smith re-iterate the fact that his upcoming hockey drama Hit Somebody would be the last film he makes before retiring from directing altogether. Although he managed to extend the life of his live-action filmmaking career slightly when he announced that Hit Somebody would actually become two features instead of one, recently it has come to light that a two-part hockey epic is no longer feasible. In fact, a one-part hockey epic may no longer be feasible either. On a recent episode of Jay & Silent Bob Get Old, Smith revealed that he will likely be moving the project to the small screen instead, thanks to a suggestion from his hetero lifemate Jason Mewes.
Smith revealed that he recently met with veteran producer Jerry Bruckheimer to discuss his options for Hit Somebody. Bruckheimer is a huge hockey fan (he even holds an annual hockey tournament in Las Vegas), but he told Smith that it’s not easy to get one hockey movie made in Hollywood, much less two. After cutting the script back down to a single feature, Mewes asked him why he didn’t just stop hacking up the script and turn it into a mini-series instead. And now, it appears that is exactly what he plans to do.
Smith claims that a network has stepped in to pick up the rights and that they will be going into production early next year. While he hasn’t named the network, the obvious assumption is that it will be AMC since Smith already has his Comic Book Men show set up there. However, I’m willing to bet there are a few other options including the CBC… let’s not forget, Smith is a huge Degrassi fan and even appeared in several episodes of Degrassi: The Next Generation! Do you think a mini-series is the right format for Hit Somebody and are you disappointed that Kevin Smith may have already directed his last movie?