With Jay and Silent Bob Reboot out of the way, Kevin Smith is gearing up to wrap-up his “True North Trilogy” of Canadian-based films. After years of radio silence, Smith has finally delivered an update on Moose Jaws, which will cap off his series of strange, offbeat films that started in 2014 with Tusk followed by 2016's Yoga Hosers.
In a recent online Q&A to help fans and himself pass the time while self-isolated, Smith sounded very optimistic about the prospect of getting Moose Jaws in front of a camera once the global pandemic simmers down. Via Bloody Disgusting:
“ Moose Jaws is the movie I'm doing that's Jaws but with a moose instead of a shark. It's so weird that you bring it up. We have a phone call about it with some of the folks that we made Reboot with next week. A conference call. So yeah, it may be bubbling back to life. Wouldn't that be nice? Head up to the Canadian outdoors, spread far apart from everybody, making movies. One day, when we're allowed to do that sort of thing again. So yeah, movement on Moose Jaws!”
Smith first announced Moose Jaws at San Diego Comic-Con all the way back in 2014 and has been teasing bits and pieces about the film in the six years since. In 2015, he teased that the film would feature the death of one of his beloved View Askew characters. We won't spoil it for you, but you can click the link to find out. And in 2016, Smith elevated the film to a passion project that could be his magnum opus, according to Comic Book:
“ Moose Jaws is like, it's my favorite thing I've ever written,” he said at Sundance in 2016. “This is a f-ckin' fan film. This is like pouring my heart out on a page. I love Jaws, and I love Canada, and I combined the two of them. So the whole thing is beat-for-beat Jaws, up until the third act. In the third act it becomes Godzilla, Destroy All Monsters, Star Trek 2: The Wrath of Khan, and ends with Return of the Jedi. It's pretty magical.”
If you got an hour to spare, you can watch Smith's full Q&A below:
EXCLUSIVE: MVD Entertainment Group has picked up the North American distribution rights to Max Reload and the Nether Blasters, a gaming action-adventure film written and directed by Scott Conditt and Jeremy Tremp. Jay and Silent Bob and Comic Book Men’s Kevin Smith stars alongside Tom Plumley Upright Citizen's Brigade alum, Hassie Harrison Tacoma FD, Joey Morgan Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse, Lukas Gage Euphoria, Joseph D. Reitman Money Monster, Charlie Talbert The Big Short, and Greg Grunberg Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker. MVD will release the pic in theaters and on multiple VOD platforms this summer.
The plot follows a small town video game store clerk who must go from zero to hero after accidentally unleashing the forces of evil from a cursed Colecovision game… Max Jenkins’ gaming fantasies collide with reality when a legendary “lost” installment of the Nether Game series appears on the store counter of his workplace, Fallout Games. Unbeknownst to Max, the game bears a “Curse of The Ages”, and in playing it, he has just unlocked the Nether, an ancient malevolent force of evil from the cartridge, upon his small hometown. Along with a mysterious masked man and his two best friends, Liz and Reggie, Max must figure out how to beat the Nether at its own game before it’s game over for humanity.
Lin Shaye Insidious, Martin Kove Cobra Kai and Wil Wheaton The Big Bang Theory round out the cast. Producers are Tremp, Conditt, and Grunberg.
“After being in Star Wars I thought the next logical step would be to work with these master filmmakers in Phoenix, Arizona on an indie sci-fi comedy with a slant towards gaming, said Grunberg. “I need a new agent! I love this film so much and can't wait for the world to see it. And with the help of everyone at MVD the time is right to level up.”
Added Tremp and Conditt: “We are so stoked to finally be releasing Max Reload to audiences! It’s been a long and magical road making this film with some amazing people and it’s finally time to press PLAY!”
“We are thrilled to bring this unique action-adventure to audiences, and are especially excited to partner with Conditt & Tremp and the production team on the release,” remarked Eric D. Wilkinson of MVD Entertainment.
Wilkinson brokered the deal with Noor Ahmed of Reder & Feig LLP on behalf of the filmmakers and CineForge Media.