Kevin Smith made me sad when he said he was gonna stop making films (because he felt he had “burned his career to the ground”), then happy – and slightly confused – when he announced not one but THREE new films: Clerks III, Tusk, and the reason I’m here, Helena Handbag.
Written with friend and longtime View Askew partner-in-crime Scott Mosier, Helena Handbag is about “mankind teaming up with Hell to save existence from extinction at the hands of a Rapturing giant Jesus.”
Smith himself said in a wordy (because we all know how wordy he is) update on Facebook:
The idea is to, once again, take an episode of SModcast and turn it into a movie. It’s worked out quite nicely with TUSK (thanks largely to the cast, the crew and the good folks at Demarest and at a24, who’ll be releasing the flick this fall), so I wanna see if I can do it again. Granted, this time the plot of the movie concerns mankind teaming up with Hell to save existence from extinction at the hands of a Rapturing giant Jesus – which means the budget has to be LOW, because NOBODY’S gonna wanna make that movie. At all. And I know this going in, so I won’t be heartbroken if it never goes beyond the script. But… if the script is funny enough? Who knows? That walrus movie seemed pretty daffy and far-fetched until we were standing on the TUSK set bringing that shit to life four months and change after first making it up in episode 259 of SModcast.
Smith goes on to say that after a three-year hiatus, he’s made the best film of his career in Tusk (about a guy whose best friend and podcast co-host goes missing in the backwoods of Canada and the folks who search for him) but since my fave film of his is Dogma, I find his claim that this is the best he’s made hard to believe, but I’ll lovingly go and watch to see if he’s right.
My hope is because Helena Handbag sounds like a perfect drag queen name, Kevin consider casting Chasing Amy‘s Dwight Ewell (below) in there somewhere because that bitch is fierce in and out of drag.
And Exhibit B (NSFW):
Whatever Smith does, I’ll be watching. Stay tuned.
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