Kevin Smith sets space comedy

Indie-film veteran eyes biggest budget yet

Writer-director Kevin Smith is developing a futuristic outer space comedy.

The film will reference other sci-fi movies and revolves around a father-son relationship. Smith has nodded to the genre in his earlier work but never made a sci-fi film.

The indie-minded Smith is aiming for a budget in the $45 million-$50 million range, which would be his biggest. He again will produce with partner Scott Mosier via their View Askew banner.

Harvey and Bob Weinstein, with whom Smith has collaborated on most of his movies, could reteam with Smith on the film. Insiders said that TWC execs have read part of the script and are interested in making the movie. Smith has finished a first draft of the script, but the project will not move forward until after his next project, "Red State." Smith will not be doing that with the Weinsteins but instead is seeking independent financing and a spring start date for his dramatic tale of a domestic terrorist in the Heartland.

The Weinstein Co. this month will release Smith's Seth Rogen comedy "Zack and Miri Make a Porno." That film, at about $25 million, had his biggest-budget to date, but Smith knows the sci-fi movie will be pricier.

"The moment someone steps out of the spaceship, it's going to cost a little more," he said.

Smith said he's looking forward to exploring new character dynamics as well as outer space.

"All the relationships in the flicks I've done have been done before, have been either a guy falling for a girl or two dudes hanging out in a 'bromantic' comedy," he said. "I wanted to explore a father and son."
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