Remember last Christmas when we wrote about Krampus, Santa’s evil companion? That’s the direction Kevin Smith is going in next, well, next to next, which is perfectly in line with the ’s genre leanings these days.
Since , Smith has two more genre projects on the way, plus the latest news about Comes the Krampus. Tusk is first in line. Tusk is expected to be released sometime this year and tells the story of a young guy who joins forces with his best friend’s girlfriend to search for his friend and podcast co-host when he goes missing in the backwoods of Canada.
After that, Smith has a religiouscoming out, Helena Handbag. There’s no release date for this yet, but it is about Mankind teaming up with Hell to save existence from extinction at the hands of a rapturing giant Jesus.
Comes the Krampus is to be a Creepshow-inspired horror anthology, with Andy McElfresh, Jason Mewes, Carol Banker, and Jennifer Schwalbach on board as co-directors. Smith revealed further details via his blog:
If you listen to the EDUMACATION podcast, you’ll remember that episode 20 (Part 2 of the Christmas eps) consisted of another dopey conversation that resulted in a screenplay – a’la SModcast and TUSK. I was goofing around with Mr. Edumacation himself, Professor Andy McElfresh, when we accidentally brainstormed a Christmas horror anthology that would eschew the gruesome spin on Santa Claus, and instead embrace the Scandinavian/German Kid-Eating Christmas creature known as the The Krampus. That podcast was released 12/23/13.
It took us less than a month, but Andy and I have finished the screenplay for a flick we’re calling COMES THE KRAMPUS! It’s 99 pulse-pounding pages of what’s essentially SModCo’s CREEPSHOW, with four terrifying tales stitched together by a freaky framing device. It was a blast to write and totally new to me, as I never actually wrote a screenplay WITH someone else before.
And now, to extend the spirit of collaboration even further, I’M GONNA CO-DIRECT THE FLICK WITH THE SMODCO FAMILY! Andy McElfresh will direct the “The Krampus vs. The 3rd Grade” episode (SO fucked up), Jason Mewes (yes – THAT Jason Mewes) will direct the “Hitler’s Krampus” episode (twisted period piece), I will direct the “Mask Maker” episode (the Gothic horror piece), Carol Banker will direct the “The Proposal” episode (which is fucking nuts), and Jennifer Schwalbach will direct “The Bad Babysitter” – which is the framing device that holds the whole mess together. Jordan Monsanto will produce for SModcast Pictures and the twin SModCo cherries on the top of this scary sundae? I’m gonna force my Bro Scotty Mo(sier) to act in it and Babble-Meister RALPH GARMAN will feature in every episode!
Smith expects to start shooting Comes the Krampus this spring. We’ll keep you posted.
Rock Hard \m/