Kevin Smith’s Hit Somebody Will Be Two Films Instead of One, Michael Parks to Star?

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?

  • mark

    Kevin Smith needs an ego check

  • RC

    This story can be told with just one movie. I don’t see the reason for two.

  • Sly

    His disciples will be going on a pilgrimage to the theater or whatever venue Saint Kevin will chose to witness another miracle. The Church of Kevin Smith is growing faster than Scientology. The brainwashing via the myriads of smod/podcasts works just fine.

  • Steve

    Lets have “Anonymous” go after the Kevin Smith website, FREE THE PEOPLE!!!!!

  • bard

    I am so sick of this guy and his terrible movies. He needs to just go away.

  • Anthony

    Meh, probably won’t be any worse than Cop Out or Jersey Girl.

  • Umm…do we really need a two-part hockey comedy?

  • But it’s not a comedy, this is gonna be Kevin Smith’s Oscar winner! :D

  • If this latest attempt to do something different turns out to be unsuccessful, will the second film become “Clerks 3″?

  • T. Heilman

    This douchebag needs to stop committing celluloid atrocities. Only one decent film in his catalogue and it is his first one.

  • Jonny Ashley

    People who complain about Kevin Smith don’t have a clue. He’s making these last few movies for a budget of practically nothing. In the meantime, studios like Universal are spending 200 million on Battleship, but won’t shell out half that amount for Guillermo Del Toro to make his visionary Lovecraft epic.

    I’m not even that excited about Hit Somebody, but the fact that people can be so outraged over the fact that he’s making it is offensive to me.

  • Fatbologna

    I don’t think it’s the fact that he’s making the movie that pisses people off. I think it’s the fact that he feels the need to talk about it, his other movies and himself so goddamned much. I don’t think people would be nearly as hostile towards him if he could just shut the fuck up once in awhile. The fact that he constantly hypes his movies as they ramp up to release only to shit on them after they come out is really disingenuous for a guy that likes to act so genuine. He even compared Red State to Tarantino and the Coen Bros in a recent interview!

    I’m sure he’ll call it a huge failure within weeks of release and then immediately lash out at the critics in the same breath for slagging it.

    I defended him quite a bit over the years but his way of doing things has gotten extremely tired and I wish he’d just stick to the podcasts where he’s easier to ignore.

    Fuckin’ 2-part hockey movie…. gimme a break, asshole.

  • really, fatbologna? you’re angry because he talks up his movies before it’s released? that bastard! quick, someone call the media! i wonder if Leterman or Leno know about this…

  • Jonny Ashley

    Smith is no Tarantino, he’s no Coen, and yeah, he’s a bitch when it comes to taking criticism. But he self-promotes, he self-produces. Smith’s 2-Part Hockey movie is completely benign to the movie industry. He has his soapbox, but the only way to hear it is if you go over to his corner of the internet.