The long-discussed “Kevin Smith horror project” has been given an identity for his fans to latch on to. During a conversation with a UK-correspondent from Rotten Tomatoes, Smith – who last helmed Clerks II – says that once he has completed a comedy that’s currently keeping him busy, he’ll be moving on to Red State with the intention to begin filming somewhere in middle America (a “true red state”) later this year. Although Smith has touted the film as something horrifying, he insists others, in the end, may not agree.
Red State, according to Smith, takes its inspiration from Fred Phelps, a Kansas preacher of the Westboro Baptist Church who recently became the center of a documentary because of his, and his congregation’s, eyebrow-raising belief system. “The notion of using a Phelps-like character as a villain, as horrifying and scary as that guy can be, there’s even something more insidious than him that lurks out there in as much as a public or a government that allows it and that’s the other thing that I’m trying to examine in a big, big way,” Smith tells the site.
For more, check out RT’s conversation with the writer-director here.