Smith announced at the Wizard World Chicago 2006 convention that his next project would move in a different direction, and would be a horror film. In April 2007, Smith revealed the title of the horror movie to be Red State and said that it was inspired by extremist preacher Fred Phelps, or as Smith claimed, "very much about that subject matter, that point of view and that position taken to the absolute extreme. It's certainly not Phelps himself but it's very much inspired by a Phelps figure." He plans to start shooting Red State in late March or early April of 2009. It has been recently posted on Kevin Smith's website that he has already finished the script. In a blog update, Smith stated that Bob and Harvey Weinstein have passed on Red State. The Weinsteins had thus far been involved in distribution of all Kevin Smith films, with the exception of Mallrats and Cop Out.
About the FilmEdit
Asked to describe the movie, Smith said,
"Red State" is like 180 degrees from everything I've done so far because it's a dark, dark, bleak little horror movie with no laughs in it whatsoever. It's kind of about how this country after September 11th started looking for the enemy without and forgot about the enemy within, like people who live within our own borders who don't like this country as well. [...] it takes place in a world where fundamentalism — both political and religious fundamentalism — have gone awry.
Three horny high school boys come across an online personal ad from an older woman looking for a gang bang, and boys being boys, they hit the road to satisfy their libidinal urges. What begins as a fantasy, however, takes a dark turn as they come face-to-face with a terrifying fundamentalist "holy" force with a fatal agenda.
- ↑ Sciretta, Peter. Kevin Smith Announces Horror Film. 7 August 2006.
- ↑ Rotten Tomatoes, RT-UK Exclusive: Kevin Smith's Horror Project Revealed
- ↑ Rahner Q&A: Kevin Smith, director of "Zack and Miri Make a Porno" The Seattle Times