A series of bizarre circumstances have conspired to bring about 's new project, Tusk. Firstly, he has had a long wait for Clerks 3 to get the go-ahead, despite completing the script a while back. But Kevin Smith, unlike his stoner alter-ego, Silent Bob, is the pro-active type:
[R]ather than sit there and stare at the phone and wait for it to ring. I decided to start writing something else. I started writing this movie called 'Tusk.'
Then things get very strange. A post on Gumtree (that's a Craigslist thing for British people) about a lonely man's love of a walrus went viral. Here it is:
I've lived a very interesting life, and now I have this big house to myself. I once was lost at sea for a long time with a walrus as my only friend and companion. I was heartbroken to leave that island. Anyway, I don't want to live alone in my remaining years, so I offer you a room with a situation, a run of the house except my room and my workshop. The only thing I ask in exchange is I for some time have been constructing a realistic walrus costume.
Thus, Tusk came into being, with Smith liking the concept so much, he started penning a horror movie based on the idea of a less than consensual walrus arrangement. I was very impressed with Smith's reinvention of the hillbilly horror, Red State, and look forward to his new creature feature.
What do you think? I mean, Squirrels is set to make the titular furry-tailed rodents the stuff of nightmares, why not a cuddly old walrus?