Plenty of news this week for Kevin Smith fans. During his annual Q&A session at San Diego Comic Con 2011, Smith announced that Red State, his long-gestating indie horror flick, would see a limited run from August 19th-25th at the New Beverly Cinema in Los Angeles, officially qualifying the film (and its much-talked-about performances) for the Academy Awards. In addition, Smith unveiled a new poster and trailer for the film, which is still on target for a Video-On-Demand release on September 1st, followed by a DVD/Blu-Ray release on October 21st.
Smith also announced that he was involved in a reality show pilot filmed at Jay and Silent Bob’s Secret Stash, the comic store Smith owns in Red Bank, New Jersey. The pilot was inspired by Tell ‘Em, Steve Dave, a popular show on Smith’s Smodcast Network.
And that’s not all. Smith also revealed that he was shooting a pilot for a TV talk show, and invited his Los Angeles-area Twitter followers to be a part of the studio audience. Vulture had the details:
Smith’s reps are telling celebs that the tentatively titled Kevin Smith Project will be “a daily 30-minute entertainment talk show for syndication … The idea is a Regis and Kelly talk show at the opposite end of the day for the opposite kind of audience — the 12-34 demo. Kevin and his co-host will talk water-cooler topics at the top of the show, followed by a celebrity interview and a comedy segment from the field (a la The Daily Show). Each show will feature one celebrity interview.” The message also gives a hint as to which studios might be behind the project: “The show is being positioned to air following TMZ, in the 6-8pm time period on the Fox stations in all the major markets.” TMZ hails from Warner Bros. Television’s Telepictures unit, so that studio could be a likely home for Smith; the Fox stations also could be behind the show via their sister studio, Twentieth Television.
Sounds like Smith will be keeping busy in the months to come. Enjoy the Red State trailer below.