For having talked about retirement from filmmaking just a few years ago, Kevin Smith’s schedule certainly filled up quickly when he declared that he would continue to make the movies that only he could make. Now focusing on smaller budget films based on ideas spawned from his signature SModcast podcasts, the first fruit of Silent Bob’s labor titled ‘Tusk’ will premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival next month. But even before the curtain rises on his latest twisted creation, Smith is about to begin work on his next one and he’s bringing one of the biggest names in Hollywood with him.Photo credit: DFree / Shutterstock.com
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the director behind such cult classics as ‘Clerks’ and ‘Mallrats’ will start principal photography on ‘Yoga Hosers.’ the next chapter in what’s being called the True North Trilogy. Similar to his New Jersey Trilogy (which actually has six movies in it), this new movie will take place in the same universe as ‘Tusk’ and stars two minor characters from the film played by Lily-Rose Depp and Harley Quinn Smith. And with one proud papa behind the camera, another will appear onscreen as the star when Johnny Depp joins Tony Hale, Natasha Lyonne, Austin Butler, Adam Brody, Tyler Posey, and Jason Mewes in this upcoming action-adventure flick alongside the entire cast of ‘Tusk’ including Michael Parks, Justin Long, Haley Joel Osment, Genesis Rodriguez, Ralph Garman, and Harley Morenstein.
Smith and Depp’s team up brings the writer/director back to the familiar territory of a convenience store, but this time he puts a bit of a superhero twist to it. While fans have been saying for years that he should be directing heroes other than Bluntman and Chronic as well as having written comics for both Marvel and DC, here’s what Smith plans on presenting as his offering to the comic book movie genre:
“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 15-year-old girls.”
So what will the younger Smith and Depp be getting into with this unique project with heavy ties to the Great White North? Here’s how THR describes the script:
‘Hosers’, written by Smith, 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 Chakras, one Warrior Pose at a time.”
Since Kevin Smith is very open about his work and never passes up a chance to talk about anything, we’re sure to see more from ‘Yoga Hosers’ as production begins. But until then, what do you think about the director’s next film? Are you excited to see these two high school girls lay the superhero smackdown on some Canadian evil? Share your thoughts in the comments below.