Some sad but true news came upon me today when I found out that Kenvin Smith has come out to say that he has officially retired from the business of filmmaking. Going strong for over 20 years, Smith created some of the most iconic films of the '90s with the likes of Clerks and Chasing Amy. Smith seems to be leaving the business on good terms though as opposed to the countless filmmakers who seem to get run out of Hollywood for various reasons. He explains it all in a short, 7 minute interview on NPR while talking about his new book, "Tough Shit: Life Advice from a Fat, Lazy Slob Who Did Good." The link to the podcast and article can be found below.
He reassures us in the interview, its not the complete end for Kevin Smith fans. Sure he's not making movies anymore, but this has allowed him to broaden his creative boundaries and pursue it in different manners. Smith regularly updates his own blog, My Boring-Ass Life, and also has a weekly podcast called Smodcast.
Smith does however have one more movie in the works before officially retiring from movie making. This last film will be a hockey-comedy called Hit Somebody. So far, he's kept most other details a secret, although I have heard rumors of John Goodman's name possibly attached to the film- and that's a good start. Hit Somebody is scheduled for release next year at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.
NPR podcast/article: http://www.npr.org/2012/03/20/148921432/thats-all-folks-kevin-smith-on-leaving-filmmaking
Kevin Smith's blog: http://silentbobspeaks.com/
Kevin Smith's podcast: http://smodcast.com/