Exclusive: Kevin Smith’s Update on Red State

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Script done and looking for money

As the Toronto Film Festival wound down its first weekend, filmmaker Kevin Smith showed up with his new movie Zack and Miri Make a Porno, starring Seth Rogen and Elizabeth Banks as a couple of life-long friends who decide to make a porno movie in order to pay their rent.

ComingSoon.net had a chance to talk to Smith about the movie and before the interview wrapped, we asked Smith about the progress of Red State, his planned horror movie about a group of misfits who end up encountering fundamentalists in the heart of the country. We asked whether he might start shooting on that soon, to which he replied, “I hope so. We’re still looking for some cash for it ’cause it’s not a really commercial film at all. It’s very bleak and very dark, and there’s no one to root for in the movie, so it’s a real film festival type of film, but it’s not the kind of movie you can take into multiplexes and do a bunch of business with unless it becomes a water cooler type of movie where people start talking about it. So we’ve had trouble finding financing for it, but hopefully that’ll come together soon. Script’s all done. We want to make it for like $5 million in the Midwest and do it with a bunch of unknowns and see what happens. So I mean none of those things add up to people rushing to you with a check. No one’s rushing to give us money for it.”

Since Smith has never made a horror film, many horror fans who are also fans of Smith’s will be expecting something like we haven’t seen before and something truly shocking, since he’s probably built up a lot of ideas of what he’d want to do in a horror movie. “It is definitely a 180 from everything else we’ve done including ‘Zack and Miri’ but at the same time, it’s not like a splatter film, it’s not like slasher balls-to-the-wall gore, it’s more unsettling and disturbing type of horror,” he explained when asked about the direction he plans on taking things in his first horror outing.

Look for our full interview with Smith over on ComingSoon.net before the release of Zack and Miri Make a Porno on October 31.

Source: Edward Douglas