XYZ Films has partnered with Demarest Films and A24 on the filmmaker’s new horror film and will commence international sales in Berlin.

Smith wrote the screenplay, inspired by his SModcasts. Demarest  financed and produced Tusk in partnership with A24, who will release the film wide in the third quarter.

Tusk stars Justin Long, Haley Joel Osment, Genesis Rodriguez and Michael Parks and is described as a modern-day monster movie about a journalist who tracks down an adventurer with tall tales and a penchant for walruses.

Demarest’s Sam Englebardt, William D Johnson, and David Greathouse produced with Shannon McIntosh for Smith’s SModcast Pictures label. Jennifer Schwalbach is the executive producer. 

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