Kevin Smith’s Cop Out came and went from theatres pretty quickly and quietly, but apparently it made enough money to prevent its director from sinking into another long bout of depression. On the contrary, Smith actually seems to be somewhat energized at the moment, and things appear to be falling into place for his next movie — which, surprisingly, won’t be Hit Somebody, the hockey movie that he has been talking about lately. Instead, his long-rumoured horror flick Red State seems to have finally found some financial backing, and it might be through his old friends The Weinsteins.
Smith offered some mysterious but optimistic updates via Twitter this week:
“I talk about lots of stuff I wanna do that either happens years later or never happens at all. Happy to report RED STATE is not the latter.”
“First draft was dated 9/5/07. Looks like we start shooting this July. Took nearly three years, but we’re finally gonna roll on RED.”
“Studio deal for RED STATE or going the full indie route? (*Marches across big lawn, up front porch*) I’m home, Momma.”
That last quote certainly seems to indicate that he is once again working with The Weinstein Company, who passed on the script initially back in 2007. After all the bad things he had to say about their marketing for Zack and Miri Make a Porno, it’s a bit hard to believe he’d work with them again, but I guess sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do. At least he won’t be relying on his fans to finance the film after all. So what do you think… a supposed ’70s-style horror movie about a religious extremist, directed by Kevin Smith? Are you in or are you out?