We’ve discussed Kevin Smith’s Red State on the site on multiple occasions, perhaps last when there was an effort by the director to raise funds to make the movie from his fans. It looks like he’s got no more need for grassroots fundraising efforts, as it appears Red State has been funded, and is set to begin shooting in July.
Slashfilm’s Russ Fischer has done the remarkable and surmised all of this from Kevin Smith’s tweets; if you’re a Twitter follower of Smith, you’ll understand why this is remarkable — there are so many of them these days, that it’s all kind of white background noise, with an occasional remark about something unmentionable he’s done to his wife’s anus (that poor woman is probably on the brink of a prolapsed rectum, if all the things that Kevin Smith tweets are true). The tweets in question read:
“I talk about lots of stuff I wanna do that either happens years later or never happens at all. Happy to report RED STATE is not the latter.” He followed with “First draft was dated 9/5/07. Looks like we start shooting this July. Took nearly three years, but we’re finally gonna roll on RED.”
There is also a suggestion that Smith won’t be doing it for a studio, but as an independent effort, based on the response to how he’ll fund it: “I’m home now, Momma.” Home may even be the Weinstein Brothers.
For those unawares, Red State is Smith’s idea for a low budget horror flick revolving around a world gone conservative, where someone similar to Fred Phelps is the boogeyman. It’s a risky project for Smith, but the strange thing is — based on the premise, and the ability to combine his built -n audience with the built-in audiences for horror movies in general — I think it could be a big success, at least in relation to the costs, which is expected to be somewhere around $5 million. And he definitely still has enough pull to bring in big named actors for a risky vanity project on the cheap.
So good news. Really, anything that keeps Smith from making Cop Out 2 is good news. (There’s word from Smith, too, that he’ll follow up Red State with the hockey flick, Somebody Shoot Me).