David Fincher continues making motion pictures in just one part. Terence Malick may take years to get a film finished, but he is still constrained to one movie per film. The Coen Bros have yet to make a two-parter. But Kevin Smith needs two feature length motion pictures to tell his hockey story, Hit Somebody.
Apparently Smith found the material too overwhelming for one movie, and so he’s going to split his tale of a Canadian hockey player (based on a Warren Zevon song that is five minutes and twenty-two seconds long) in half. The first movie will be the tale of the main character growing up playing hockey, while the second half will follow him in the NHL.
Four hours of hockey movie! Four hours of hockey dramedy. Will it be as good as or better than Slap Shot? Who knows; it will, however, certainly be about twice as long.
This is supposed to be Kevin Smith’s last film. Maybe he’s going to keep announcing more parts to it so that he can keep on making movies. I look forward to Hit Somebody Part VII: Jay and Silent Bob Hit Somebody.
As a final note, it’s important to remember what Kevin Smith once said about Paul Thomas Anderson’s wonderful and heartbreaking Magnolia:
I’ll never watch it again, but I will keep it. I’ll keep it right on my desk, as a constant reminder that a bloated sense of self-importance is the most unattractive quality in a person or their work.