Monday, March 24, 2008

Kevin Smith Talks Zack and Miri - Running Time, Actors, and More

Zack and Miri

After officially setting an October 31st release date for his latest upcoming comedy Zack and Miri Make a Porno, Kevin Smith has provided an update via SlashFilm on all things Zack and Miri, including its prospective running time, quips about certain characters and actors, and when we might see the first footage from it. It's no shock that I'm very excited for Zack and Miri and have been following it closely through its production phases. Smith is now heading into a seven month post-production phase wherein the marketing division of The Weinstein Company begins their work and Smith finishes editing, as well as making his annual stop at Comic-Con.

The original 110-page shooting script resulted in a first cut that was over two and a half hours, but Smith has since cut 25 minutes of "fat" out and is working to tweak it down to around two hours before he starts screening it for the studio. From there he'll begin hopefully cutting it down to two hours (at the most) or more likely less, given most comedies are usually less than that. Unfortunately he doesn't think it'll be ready to screen entirely by Comic-Con, but he is still planning to make an appearance with footage as well as launch a few internet teaser trailers to get your juices flowing. The final full trailer should be launching in front of Pineapple Express on August 8th.

Smith goes on to mention that the score will be comprised of a mix of existing songs and a porno-style soundtrack. Anyone else think that's a brilliant move? I mean come on, it's a movie about making a porno! Unfortunately neither Smith nor producing partner Scott Mosier make an appearance in the movie at all. What? No Silent Bob?! But as for the rest of the characters you've come to know and love, especially Jeff Anderson and Jason Mewes, they certainly do show up.

Jeff Anderson, who played Randal in Clerks, is showing up in similar fashion. "His character can be a smart-ass, and in the flick, he is a friend; yet I'd be hard-pressed to describe his role as the smart-ass funny friend. I don't know how I'd describe him in the flick, except to say he's one of the wack pack." As for the one-and-only Jason Mewes, aka the pot dealing Jay, Smith claims "it was actually the role Mewes was born to play, in a weird way. Even moreso than Jay."

Smith also mentions briefly that the October release date could change depending on what Sony does with Quantum of Solace, due out one week later (on November 7th), but only time will tell. As we count down the days until Comic-Con and our first glimpse of Zack and Miri Make a Porno, we encourage everyone to check out the numerous articles we've written previously on the film. Besides the first look photo of the film's stars Seth Rogen and Elizabeth Banks, we featured a look at their sex scene concerns as well as a hilarious video the two made called Elizabeth Banks is F***ing Seth Rogen. Stay tuned for plenty of more updates as we receive them.

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