Kevin Smith’s “TUSK” To Get Wide Release from A24
Are you ready for Kevin Smith’s second (and very well last) foray into fright films? You very well may! His body horror, TUSK, has been streaming along since its unlikely conception on his podcast back in June of this year. However, the film, unable to make the intended premiere at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival due to two extra days of necessary shooting, has thusly been acquired by A24 Films for a wide release in the third quarter of 2014. A24, which gave wide releases this year to SPRING BREAKERS and THE BLING RING, adds TUSK to an already genre-friendly 2014 slate, including the Jake Gyllenhaal-starring ENEMY and the Scarlett Johansson alien film UNDER THE SKIN.
This ends speculation on the film’s distribution endeavor, which was in the air following Smith’s decision to self-release his previous two Smodcast Pictures productions, RED STATE and JAY AND SILENT BOB’S GROOVY CARTOON MOVIE and Smith’s long-running (albeit somewhat strained) relationship to the Weinstein Company. Starring Michael Parks, Justin Long, Haley Joel Osment and Genesis Rodriguez (the latter two pictured above with Smith in the first set photo), TUSK follows a podcaster who is entranced by a bizarre classified ad, but finds himself in a real horror story when he decides to answer himself.
Described as a “cuddly HUMAN CENTIPEDE”, early artwork has pegged the film as Smith’s most gruesome to date, and will remain his third-to-last directorial project, following hockey comedy miniseries, HIT SOMEBODY! and swan song, CLERKS 3. With a rough cut of the film screening for fans in time for Sundance, expect a better look at TUSK in the near future.