Kevin Smith has started production on his latest horror movie, Killroy Was Here. Smith has been spending a lot of time with DC comics lately, directing episodes of Supergirl and The Flash, and even being suggested as a potential director for FOX’s Gotham. He’s also been very vocal about his support of the DCEU, and while he’s said that he wouldn’t direct The Batman, he’s thrown his hat in the ring for The Flash. Despite his obvious love for DC Comics and his joy in being a part of the live-action DC world, however, the director has plenty of other projects on his plate as well.
Earlier this year, he announced a Jay and Silent Bob reboot movie in development (and with hopes to start shooting this summer), which will bring his iconic ’90s characters back to the big screen. Before that gets rolling, however, he has another horror movie in the works — and this one has now officially started production.
Smith’s latest horror offering, Killroy Was Here, has officially started shooting in Florida this week, according to Variety. The film will be the first installment in a new horror anthology from the director, and is based on the image of famous World War II grafitti of a man with a large nose peeking over a wall. Smith is creating the film in partnership with Ringling College of Art and Design (and Semkhor Productions), in the hopes that he will be able to help film students at the school realize their aspirations.
“This is a monster movie in the sense of a classic morality tale. No one wants to see you spill the blood of innocents, but when someone crosses the line and goes bad, you get to make them pay in horrible ways, and the audience cheers. We wanted to make an anthology film in the vein of ‘Creepshow.’ Killroy is like the Golem, the Boogeyman and the Grim Reaper combined.
I tried going to film school but quit to go make a movie. If I’d had the chance to work with a real director, I probably would’ve graduated. Although I don’t consider myself a real director, but I do play one on TV and am portraying one again as we shoot Killroy in Sarasota!”
The director has been doing lots of work in the horror genre in recent years, with man-turned-walrus-horror Tusk in 2014, and its follow up Yoga Hosers in 2016. This is something of a new direction for the famously nerdy filmmaker, who became famous with his low-budget comedies in the ’90s. Killroy Was Here will be familiar territory in one sense, however, as it is a low-budget movie made in a short time frame.
Fans of Tusk and Yoga Hosers are sure to be excited about this latest horror offering from Smith, and the thought of another horror anthology in the works. Fans of Smith’s more comedic style aren’t going to be disappointed, however, as they can still enjoy his efforts on DC’s TV shows, and look forward to the next Jay and Silent Bob.
Killroy Was Here does not yet have a release date.