To fund his first film, Clerks, writer/director Kevin Smith famously sold his comic book collection. Smith may be doing something similar to get his long in gestation horror script Red State in front of cameras. The director recently divulged his intentions in a post on his Twitter feed –
Via @marvelfanx “Selling comics 2 fund film. Painful or liberating” Liberating. This Aug, I’m selling all old Askew props to fund RED STATE.
The director elaborated on the idea in an interview with CINSSU-
I think an interesting thing that may happen with it is—I was on Twitter and people are asking about Red State, and then a dude tweeted ‘hey man, what if we pay for it?’ And all of a sudden, a bunch of people were like ‘Seriously, why not?’… We’re kind of creating this website. We’re seeing if it works to set up and collect donations. It becomes a weird tax nightmare, though…It sounded like such an easy thing online…but now there’s lots of checks and balances to make sure we can do it, but if that’s the case, I would be into it, and I’ll match it. Whatever you raise on line, like fuck it, you put it up, I’ll put it up.
Red State is a horror script that Smith has been talking about for the past couple of years. A definite change of pace for the director, he has stated that the script’s relentlessly bleak nature is the main reason he has not been able to get a studio interested in making the film.
But before he can get started on Red State, Smith first wants to make Hit Somebody, a hockey film he scripted, inspired by the Warren Zevon song co-written by Mitch Ablom. He is currently pitching the film to studios.