Since Kevin Smith started with his True North Trilogy of Tusk, Yoga Hosers and Moose Jaws, it appeared that he’d put his two-part hockey movie / miniseries Hit Somebody on the backburner. However, the indie filmmaker has now revealed that he’s secured financing for the long-gestating project and intends on shooting that, Moose Jaws and Clerks III in 2015.
“[Kim Ledford of Star Scream] was like ‘Look, you talked about this True North Trilogy, these three movies in Canada. You gotta make those in succession. So Krampus you can make anytime, but like keep making this ’cause you’ve already kind of set the tone.’” Smith tells Slash Film. “I was like ‘All right.’ So they jumped into Yoga Hosers because of that. While working on Yoga Hosers, Clerks III came up and Kim was like ‘Let me read that script.’ And suddenly she was like ‘Oh my God, we’re making this movie. Why didn’t you tell me about it sooner?’ I was like ‘Ah, we were working on this other thing.’ So boom, Clerks III was suddenly happened. Moose Jaws has already been pre-approved and we got our money for Moose Jaws. So once again, like Tusk just keeps it going.”
“So we were having this conversation about fake Canada that I keep setting the movies in now for this True North Trilogy,” Smith continues. “And Kim, her former boss, he used to work tangentially in the world of the NHL (National Hockey League). Howard Baldwin I believe was her former boss. So, you know, she knows a lot about the world of hockey, particularly the WHA (World Hockey Association). And I was like ‘Oh my Lord, I have written this mini-series that we were planning to do with CBC up in Canada. That, you know, I’ve been sitting on for a while.’ I said, ‘You would love to read it, just because it’s set in the world that you know very well.’ And then when I was all over, she was like ‘Wow, we’re making this right now.’ And so we have two meetings and we met with our Canadian counterparts, ’cause we’re gonna shoot up a lot of it up North and then some of it in Michigan as well. But we were able to kind of pull the budget together. So in the fall of 2015, we head up to it looks like Northern Ontario and start shooting Hit Somebody.”
So, it looks like 2015 is going to be another busy year for Smith. Which of his upcoming projects are you most looking forward to? Let us know your thoughts…