There’s a large divide out there nowadays between those who think Kevin Smith is a talented filmmaker, and those who think he’s a talentless goon that just happened to get lucky. Personally I think he has both strengths and weaknesses, but there’s no denying that he opened a lot of doors for independent filmmakers. That said, I am growing a bit tired of his style of comedy and dying to see him at least try something new. Zack and Miri Make a Porno was a step in the right direction, but in the end it was still the same old foul-mouthed humour mixed in with some sappy relationship stuff.
Some may remember that Kevin Smith has been talking up a script that he wrote a while back called Red State, which he described as a horror movie. It was looking like that might be his next project, until it was discovered this week that Warner Bros. has signed Smith to direct a comedy called A Couple of Dicks. Oh boy… here we go again.
Now the difference here is that this is a script that Smith didn’t write himself. A Couple of Dicks is written by Robb and Marc Cullen and found its way onto the 2008 Black List of Hollywood’s best unproduced screenplays. The story is about two veteran LAPD detectives who are trying to find a stolen baseball card (which, I can only assume, is worth a lot of money). Bruce Willis and Tracy Morgan are signed to play the two “dicks” as it were.
Robb Cullen also wrote the pilot for the Showtime series Manchild, which Smith starred in, so I’m guessing they already have a working relationship of sorts. I do think this could be a good change of pace for Smith, but on the other hand, doesn’t his talent lie in his writing rather than his directing? What do you think about Kevin Smith directing from someone else’s screenplay?