Lionsgate and filmmaker Kevin Smith look to be finally getting to work on Smith’s long-awaited “Moose Jaws” project – the third in his planned ‘True North’ trilogy following 2014’s “Tusk” and 2016’s “Yoga Hosers”.
Fangoria reports that Smith officially announced in a Q&A at GalaxyCon a few weeks back (with video from that appearance only going online this week) that he is finally getting to work on the horror-comedy.
The film is said to be a spin on Spielberg’s 1975 classic “Jaws” but with a moose instead of a shark. Smith says: “[Moose Jaws] is a movie I’ve been threatening to make for a long time, but thanks to the good folks at Lionsgate, it’s actually going to happen”.
This all comes down to the success of “Clerks 3” and “Jay & Silent Bob Reboot” on home video. It turns out the distributor sold enough Blu-rays and DVDs of the films that Smith has been able to get a whole slate of films greenlit with them. Lionsgate was particularly keen on the “Moose Jaws” idea:
“I said, ‘I got this movie called Moose Jaws,’ and they were like, ‘What’s Moose Jaws?’ And I was like, ‘Moose Jaws is like Jaws but with a Moose instead of a shark.’ And they said, ‘What’s the budget on that?’ I was like, ‘About three million bucks,’ they’re like, ‘We’ll make four of them.’ So it looks like Moose Jaws is finally gonna happen.”
Other films on the slate include the “Mallrats” sequel “Twilight of the Mallrats,” a new original film titled “The 4:30 Movie,” another “Jay and Silent Bob” film and a sequel to “Red State”.