It’s official: Kevin Smith‘s festive fright film Anti-Claus is a go.
Moreover, the yuletide horror movie will reunite him with Tusk stars Justin Long, Haley Joel Osment, Genesis Rodriguez and Michael Parks.
Smith dropped hints about the film — initially titled Comes the Krampus — earlier this year, saying he would shoot it before Clerks III.
XYZ Films will launch the project to foreign buyers at the upcoming Cannes film market (XYZ also sold Tusk to international distributors). WME Global is representing domestic rights.
Jordan Monsanto, Andy McElfresh and Jennifer Schwalbach are producing Anti-Claus for Smith’s SModcast Pictures, with Jason Mewes executive producing.
Anti-Claus tells the tale of the centuries-old, devil-like creature known the world over as the Krampus – the “Anti-Claus” of Alpine country folklore, infamous for eating naughty children during the season of giving. Here, The Hollywood Reporter debuts a rendering of the character that is being used for the film.
“When I was a kid, if they wanted to make a Christmas horror movie, they’d stick an axe in Santa’s hands,” says Smith, who is set to start shooting in September. “In Anti-Claus, we leave Santa alone and creep with the Krampus through twisted tales of holly-jolly murder, desire, desperation and despair. Just in time for the holiday season.”
Continuing, Smith says, “In America, we’re taught that nice kids gets presents from Santa and naughty kids get coal. But in countries like Germany, Austria, Bavaria, Romania and Hungary, Christmas is more metal than merry: Saint Nicholas brings a sack full of toys for good kids and the Krampus carries an empty bag for taking away the bad kids. I wanna see THAT Christmas movie. So rather than wait for it, we’ll make it instead.”
Robert Kurtzman, the SFX legend behind the makeup for Tusk, also returns to create the Krampus. Tusk, set for release late this year in theaters around the globe, will be distributed in the U.S. by A24 Films.
Long, whose upcoming films include Undiscovered Gyrl, The Lookalike and Comet, is repped by ICM Partners and Intellectual Artists Management.
The Sixth Sense star Osment has been starring on Amazon’s Alpha House. His upcoming film projects include The World Made Straight and the Entourage film. He’s repped by Resolution, The Schiff Company and Edelstein Laird.
Along with Tusk, Rodriguez’s upcoming films include Run All Night with Liam Neeson. She’s repped by CAA, DePaz Management and Jackoway Tyerman.