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#WalrusYes Kevin Smith's TUSK Will Be Coming To Theatres In 2014

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12/11/2013 8:52 am
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#WalrusYes Kevin Smith's TUSK Will Be Coming To Theatres In 2014
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Sarah Goddard

Content Editor

Kevin Smith fans rejoice… Tusk will be coming to a theatre near you. Probably. In a statement released today (December 10), A24 and Demarest Films have announced that they are planning a wide release of the film in the third quarter of 2014. “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.” Sam Englebardt from Demarest added his own comments, “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.” Releasing his own statement a short time later, writer-director Kevin Smith said, “I’m as happy as the day Miramax bought Clerks back in ’94! 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!” The idea for the film came about after Smith came across a Gumtree ad where a homeowner was offering a living situation free of charge, if the tenant agreed to dress as a walrus. Not being one to shy away from the unusual, Smith and long-time friend Scott Mosier spent almost an hour discussing the ad and telling a hypothetical story during one of Smith’s SModcast’s. Taking to twitter, Smith then asked his followers if they would like to see their podcast story turned into a film, by voting using the hashtags #WalrusYes or #WalrusNo. The result was an overwhelming vote for #WalrusYes and the rest, as they say, is history. It did however come to light that the Gumtree posting was in fact a hoax by Brighton poet and well known prankster Chris Parkinson. Instead of deterring Smith and his plans for the film, in November Smith hired Parkinson as a producer. The premise of the film is that of a podcaster named Wallace who goes missing in the backwoods of Canada while interviewing the mysterious Mr. Howe. During his capture, Wallace is forced to dress up and act as a walrus. Podcast co-host and best friend Teddy teams up with Wallace’s girlfriend Allison to find him. Written by Kevin Smith, the film stars Justin Long as Wallace, Michael Parks as Mr Howe, Haley Joel Osment as Teddy and Genesis Rodriguez as Allison and is produced by William D. Johnson, Sam Englebardt, Shannon McIntosh and Chris Parkinson.


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