After pissing off every distributor and sales agent who showed up at his fake "Red State" auction at Sundance, and insulting them in the process, Kevin Smith hopes to get $15 million -- his estimated cost of the film -- out of the studios for his next and last film "Hit Somebody." That's right. Just add it to the list of one of many contradictions that make up Kevin Smith.
During an hour long chat with MTV (via Cinematical) this afternoon, Smith talked about the progress of "Hit Somebody." The script is only half done apparently, and already running about 110 pages long. Described as his "love letter to Canada," the script is inspired by a Warren Zevon song and will take place between 1950 and 1980 and follow a hockey player who makes the big time. "It's my Muppet movie," Smith told MTV, adding, "It's about what happens when your dreams come true -- kind of a meditation on that." He wants it to be the biggest film he's ever done (hence the price tag). And with that in mind, he plans to approach both Ben Affleck and Matt Damon -- whom he has worked with before -- to make an appearance in his film and they would join a cast that currently includes much of his "Red State" roster including Kyle Gallner, Michael Angarano, Michael Parks and Nicholas Braun. So cameos? Yeah, we could see that.
Last we heard, Smith had told the cast to get ready for a late summer/early fall shoot on "Hit Somebody." Considering he has an incomplete script and no financing, we don't see that happening. Smith is also gearing up to tour with "Red State" next month. The irony of Kevin Smith wanting studio money after spending the last few months criticizing the studio system is delightfully rich. But Hollywood has a remarkably short memory and there is definite cachet to releasing "Kevin Smith's Last Movie." But he's not quite through with movies, hinting that he'll keep writing and once again bringing up the "Ranger Danger" movie that has been knocking around for the past few years as a possible project.