Yep. You read that right. The cult filmmaker, who only a few years ago announced his retirement from the movie biz, continues his mighty career reinvigoration with yet another new project!
Regular readers will remember our surprise when Smith first announced the twisted creature feature TUSK (in cinemas later this year), and then rapture comedy HELENA HANDBAG (only at script stage at the minute, but still). Not content with those (and the impending CLERKS III), Smith has now co-conceived and co-written COMES THE KRAMPUS, a Christmas themed anthology horror based on the titular legend (click here if unfamiliar; it's freaky stuff). Smith will helm one of the segments himself, alongside a roster that includes co-writer Andy McElfresh, wife Jennifer Schwalbach and long-time sidekick Jason Mewes, who will all make their directing debuts if the movie goes ahead. Let's all put it to the top of our Christmas lists that Smith gets the funding, because this promises greatness indeed! Read on for the full deets from Smith, courtesy of 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!
The script reads like it’s maybe a $2 million movie. We’ll start doing a schedule and a budget next week, but the idea is to shoot it right on the heels of CLERKS III (which I’m hoping to start on April 7th). It’s gonna be fun and a true SModcast Picture! There’s something to be said for the power of podcasting…"
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