Will “Somebody” Get “Hit” Twice?
Kevin Smiths Hit Somebody to be a two-parter
During the Q&A portion of tonightís Montreal stop of the Red Provinces Tour, Kevin Smithës Canadian series of screenings of his flick Red State, he dropped a juicy tidbit of information:
Hit Somebody, his next and final film, will be a two-parter. The filmmaker revealed that while writing his screenplay, which is based on the Mitch Albom-penned Warren Zevon song about Buddy, a Canadian kid who dreams of becoming a hockey player even though heís ìnot that good with a puck,î he realized that it was getting way too big to fit into one movie. He thought of turning it into a HBO series, but finally settled on doing a two-part film, ‡ la Kill Bill.
From what he said, it seems like the split will happen when Buddy finally makes it into the NHL a professional ice hockey league; the first part will mostly be about his youth in Canada.
From what we’re hearing, this makes a lot of sense. Kevin continues to write the script as inspired, and from what we’ve seen so far, it’s turning into quite a sprawling tale. Recent comments made during SIR indicated that the adult male lead, played by Nicholaus Braun, wouldn’t arrive until almost the halfway point of the film. This wouldn’t leave a ton of time to tell what likely is a lot more story before the final credits roll. With Kevin’s proven track record of success with “Red State”, and this new distribution model, this is totally possible. Without prints to worry about, and the ability to take the film digitally and tour the world with it, this sounds absolutely perfect. Give us the first half and then tour again with the second, or even do some super shows where fans can see it all with an intermission. We love the idea, and as a last film, it’s a way to go out with a bang. Fitting Buddy’s story into a standard 2 hour or less running time would be tough. We’re hoping that this comes true, and think chances are very good that this will be what we’ll see.
“Hit Somebody” is planned for a 2012 start. No release details so far, though The SIRmon will be your place to go for all the news about this exciting project.