We have some news you may need to sit down for. Good? Ok. Last week at Comic-Con, Kevin Smith offered an update on a project that he and fellow podcaster Scott Mosier kicked around about the story of the guy seeking a roommate to dress up like a walrus in exchange for free rent.
The podcast (Smodcast 259: The Walrus and The Carpenter) turned into a long brainstorming session about a horror movie version of this scenario in the vein of The Human Centipede. Enough people told Smith he should write the story down that he tweeted this first page of a script, called Tusk.
“This is like a sister to Red State but with no politics, no religion whatsoever, but it’s just unsettling.” He then says the movie is set in the backwoods of Manitoba, with stories from Canadian history woven into it. He adds that a French Canadian police officer is looking for the kidnapped man.
Smith said went on to say, “I’m not Stanley Kubrick, motherf–ker. I’m talking about making a movie with a motherf–ker in a walrus costume, man. This is all long story short of saying, like, it’s f–king crazy how close this is to being something actually good.”
I was a big fan of Red State and apparently Michael Parks will be teaming up with Kevin again to help bring Tusk to life as a walrus enthusiast. But the casting news doesn’t stop there – Smith has reached out to Quentin Tarantino to play a the role of the lodger. While Quentin hasn’t agreed to be in the film, yet, I could definitely see this happening.
“To take on the position as my lodger you must be prepared to wear the walrus suit for approximately two hours each day (in practice, this is not two hours every day – I merely state it here so you are able to have a clear idea of the workload). Whilst in the walrus costume you must be a walrus – there must be no speaking in a human voice, and any communication must entail making utterances in the voice of a walrus.”