Kevin Smith has been a geek icon since the moment Clerks premiered at Sundance back in the early ’90s. He peppers pop culture and comic book references in practically all of his movies, he’s a podcasting guru thanks to his SModcast network, and he got AMC to create a reality TV show following his friends who work at a comic book shop. Doesn’t get much geekier than that. Smith has also written tons of comics and famously wrote the screenplay for Superman Lives, the Superman movie which had Tim Burton directing and Nicolas Cage starring, before that project ultimately fell apart. But he hasn’t had the chance to make a superhero movie – until now.
THR reports that Smith is teaming with Johnny Depp and their respective daughters (Lily-Rose Depp and Harley Quinn Smith) for a new action-adventure movie called Yoga Hosers, which will be the second in what Smith is calling his “True North Trilogy,” movies that “are steeped in Canadian myths and culture.”
People always ask me ‘Are you ever going to make a comic book movie?’ This is it – but instead of yet another dude saving the day, our antiheroes are the most feared and formidable creatures man has ever encountered: two fifteen year old girls.
Smith wrote Yoga Hosers and shooting begins this week. The plot “centers on 15-year-old yoga nuts Colleen Collette (Lily-Rose Depp) and Colleen McKenzie (Harley Quinn Smith) who have an after-school job at a Manitoba convenience store called Eh-2-Zed. When an ancient evil rises from beneath Canada’s crust and threatens their big invitation to a Grade 12 party, the Colleens join forces with a legendary man-hunter from Montreal named Guy Lapointe (Depp) to fight for their lives with, according to the producers, ‘all seven Charkas, one Warrior Pose at a time.'” Maybe some of our Canadian readers can clue me in to some of those specifics in the comments.
The two convenience store clerks have a tiny role in Smith’s upcoming film Tusk (you can see them at the :48 mark of the trailer at the bottom of this page), but they’ll obviously be doing much more heavy lifting in Yoga Hosers. The entire cast of Tusk is returning to star in this film also, including Michael Parks, Justin Long, Haley Joel Osment, Genesis Rodriguez, Ralph Garman, Jennifer Schwalbach and Harley Morenstein, and there will also be a few new additions, including Tony Hale, Natasha Lyonne, Austin Butler, Adam Brody, Tyler Posey and Jason Mewes.
Smith considers this movie his entry into the comic book movie genre, but I’m sure some fans would have been a bit more excited if he was tackling a known property. Still, I like the idea that he seems to be moving past his old View Askew-niverse days and creating a new cinematic universe, because that tells me that Smith is continually challenging himself. I’m sure he could make Clerks sequels every few years if he wanted to, but the fact that he’s pushing himself and working with some high quality actors – Depp also appears in Tusk, by the way – seems to indicate a new chapter in his career.
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