A24 and Demarest Films to Distribute Kevin Smith’s Tusk


A24 and Demarest Films have teamed up on Kevin Smith’s latest film, Tusk, and have plans to bring the original, offbeat horror project to theaters in the third quarter of 2014.

Tusk follows Wallace (Justin Long), a journalist on a mission. He finds the story of a lifetime in Mr. Howe (Michael Parks), a worldwide adventurer with amazing tales and a curious penchant for walruses.

Said A24, “We had the privilege of visiting Kevin on the ‘Tusk’ set and seeing some of his early footage. We can say with certainty that this movie will blow people’s minds. Truly one you’ll have to see to believe.”

“I’m as happy as the day Miramax bought ‘Clerks’ back in ’94!” says Smith. “We’re so lucky A24 fell in love with our walrus picture and jumped in the pool with us. I was a big fan of how they released ‘The Bling Ring’ and ‘Spring Breakers,’ so I was praying ‘TUSK’ would take root there. If anyone knows how to bring this flick to the masses, it’s them!”

Demarest’s Sam Englebardt added, “We’re thrilled that A24 has joined us in backing Kevin’s wild, deviant vision. ‘Tusk’ will be a horror movie for the ages and we couldn’t imagine a better partner in bringing it to the world.”

Tusk, starring Justin Long, Michael Parks, Genesis Rodriguez and Haley Joel Osment, was born out of one of Kevin Smith’s SModcasts. Currently in production, the modern-day monster movie was also written by Smith. Sam Englebardt, David Greathouse and Shannon McIntosh are producing.