It looks like Kevin Smith’s podcast has become a real breeding ground for movie ideas! In addition to his movie Tusk, scheduled for release in 2014, and a musical project titled Helena Handbag, the duo have a third project in the works, all of which originated from conversations that took place on podcasts on Smith’s SModcast network. (Including the original SModcast with Smith and producer Scott Mosier, and Edumacation with Kev & Andy, with with Andy McElfresh.
This latest project, Comes the Krampus, will be an anthology-style film that combines holiday and horror, one of my absolute favorite combinations. See the Joan Collins “Santa Psychopath” story in 1972’s Tales From the Crypt, or Mike Dougherty’s excellent Trick ‘r Treat.
While announcing his latest project, Smith also gives a fascinating account of the process, from podcast brainstorming session to finished screenplay, 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!
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…
Smith is planning on focusing on the project after he finishes working on Clerks 3, so we’ll have to see where that leaves the development of Helena Handbag and any other projects he churns out in between now and then, since he’s really had the creative juices flowing for a while now. I’m already on board with Comes The Krampus. Who says podcasts aren’t a valid art form?
What do you think? Are you excited by the idea of a new horror anthology?
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