Kevin Smith is looking for a career change. As we already know his next movie will be a horror flick which personally I think might be a nice new direction for him. Speaking to Rotten Tomatoes, he revealed the movie will be called Red State and strangely enough it has been inspired by extremist Baptist Minister, Fred Phelps who is infamous for hating gays and picketing Iraqi soldier funerals.
"That dude has always fascinated me and he's really informed the horror movie that I'm working on....The movie's called 'Red State' and it's 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." "To me there's all kinds of horror, and killing someone's not the absolute worst thing you could do to another human being....The death in a horror movie has always been the money shot in a very exploitative manner. Stabbing somebody and splashing blood all over them is the equivalent to some dude exploding over some broad's face. "And to me, too, the notion of using a Phelps-like character as a villain, as horrifying and scary as that guy can be, there's even something more insidious than him that lurks out there in as much as a public or a government that allows it and that's the other thing that I'm trying to examine in a big, big way. It's weird because for a few months I've been saying 'horror movie' and technically it is, but it's also not a very traditional horror movie in the sense that people have been asking me, 'Is it a slasher movie? Is it like the Japanese horror flicks?' It'd be much easier to just show it to them when I'm done and be like, 'This is what I meant.' At which point I'm sure there'll be people saying, 'This ain't a horror movie!' But to me, it is."Very strange and certainly a huge change of pace for a director known for his low-brow humor. An interesting thing to ponder is whether or not he will use his usual View Askew actors or whether this new horror flick will give birth to a whole new career for Smith, where he actually goes out and finds a different cast. Simply put, Will this be his first movie where he goes out and finds actors for the parts he has written, or will he as usual write parts for his friends he wants to re-use? source - aicn, rotten tomatoes