On their podcast SModcast, writer/director Kevin Smith and his longtime friend/producer Scott Mosier will often pick an interesting, odd story from the news and riff on it to great comedic effect.
That’s exactly what they were doing last June, when they sat down to record episode #259 of SModcast and their riff on a very strange ad from a classifieds website essentially became the pitch for a horror movie. In this ad, which later turned out to be a hoax, a man who had spent three years on an uninhabited island, alone except for a walrus who became his companion, was now back in London and looking for a lodger to share his home. The catch: his lodger must agree to spend up to two hours every day wearing the realistic walrus costume the man had constructed, and during their time in the costume they must only act and speak as a walrus. The dark twist on the story that he and Mosier came up with stuck in Smith’s head and he felt compelled to write a screenplay based on it. He turned to his fans on Twitter to ask them if they thought it was a good idea, putting whether he should write it or not up to a hashtag vote. #WalrusYes or #WalrusNo? The #WalrusYes votes were overwhelming.
Smith wrote the script, which he entitled Tusk, and by the end of the year he was making it into a movie starring the great Michael Parks as a man who keeps a character played by Justin Long captive in his home, transforming his unwilling lodger into a walrus through gruesome, surgical methods, seeking the answer to the question: is man, indeed, a walrus at heart?
In Tusk, there was the role of a French-Canadian detective named Guy Lapointe, a role that Smith originally offered to fellow filmmaker Quentin Tarantino. Tarantino opted not to take the acting job, so the search for Lapointe continued. Smith has never said who ended up playing Guy Lapointe, but whoever it was, he was very excited when they signed on, calling it the highlight of his career. It was a role that only required the actor to be on set for two days, and they shot their scenes a couple months after the rest of filming was completed.
Recent internet rumor and speculation has pointed to the possibility that Guy Lapointe may be portrayed by Johnny Depp.
Depp or someone else, whoever brought Guy Lapointe to life was clearly someone Smith enjoyed working with, because he just wrote a screenplay that would see the return of the character.
On April 20th, Smith announced that he had just finished writing the 117 page first draft of a script called Yoga Hosers. No story details have been revealed, but Smith is calling it a spin-off of sorts from Tusk, or a sister film to it, because of the presence of Guy Lapointe.
The key to figuring out what Yoga Hosers could be about might be found in another episode of SModcast, #288. In that episode, Mosier came up with the term “yoga hoser” while riffing on a news article about a stolen ancient artifact that ended up in the possession of a very chill, spiritual appreciator of history and nature, and the Québécois Integrated Art Crime Investigation Team that tracked the artifact down.
Might Guy Lapointe find himself up against a group of yoga practitioners while searching for stolen works of art? And will Johnny Depp or someone else be playing him? We may eventually find out, but first we’re set to be introduced to Lapointe when A24 and Demarest Films releases it to theatres this fall.
In the meantime, Yoga Hosers joins Clerks III, anthology horror film Comes the Krampus, hockey-based (and Warren Zevon inspired) miniseries Hit Somebody, and potential stage play/musical Helena Handbag on the list of projects Kevin Smith has in the works.