Last month at Comic-Con, Kevin Smith announced that his upcoming horror movie Tusk will be the first in what he’s calling his “True North Trilogy,” inspired by all the research into Canada that Smith did while working on his as-yet-unrealized hockey miniseries Hit Somebody. While Tusk is a gruesome thriller (at least going by the trailer), and the third film in the trilogy will reportedly by a goofy “nature goes wild” monster movie called Moose Jaws, the second film is one that Smith had a harder time explaining in San Diego. He could only say that it was titled Yoga Hosers, that it was about two teenage girls who work in a convenience store, and it involves superpowers. The girls in question, played by Harley Quinn Smith and Lily-Rose Melody Depp, can be seen briefly in the Tusk trailer, wearing the uniform of their employer, Eh-2-Zed.
Attentive Smith fans may have already realized that Harley Quinn Smith is Kevin Smith’s daughter, while Lily-Rose Melody Depp is the daughter of Johnny Depp. And today The Hollywood Reporter reports that Johnny Depp is also involved with Yoga Hosers, playing a Montreal manhunter who helps the two teens (both named Colleen) fight an ancient evil. Much of the cast of Tusk returns for Yoga Hosers, which begins shooting this week. Smith and his producers describe the film as “a comic-book movie,” but with yoga. Judging by the description, it sounds like Yoga Hosers could be in the vein of movies like Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, Strange Brew, Romy And Michelle’s High School Reunion, and other movies where two likably dimwitted friends defy expectations.
I’m mainly curious about the production schedule for this film, though. Smith’s Tusk is playing at the Toronto Film Festival in a couple of weeks, and at Fantastic Fest almost immediately after that. Will the production of Yoga Hosers be interrupted? Is it only shooting for two weeks? Did a lot of it already get shot during Tusk? This whole “True North Trilogy” is getting more and more fascinating. (How fascinating it remains will depend on how good Tusk turns out to be. If that one’s a bust, the other two lose their mystery.)