Indie podcaster Kevin Smith has announced plans to create an ‘old British Hammer horror’ based on a spoof Gumtree ad which solicited flatmates willing to shed their dignity for free rent by donning a walrus costume and grunting walrus-like noises for two hours a day.
Tusk, as it is provisionally titled, kicks off with the viral advert posted by a lonely flat owner seeking to re-establish his friendship with a long dead walrus called Gregory.
Writing in a blogpost for the Hollywood reporter Smith said: “The listing got my creative juices flowing and I began reconstructing the whole thing as an old British Hammer horror film, in which a mad scientist intends to sew some hapless lodger into counterfeit blubber, creating a chimera in an effort to answer the ultimate riddle, ‘Is man, indeed, a walrus at heart?!’”
A funding drive for the project is currently underway with a view to commencing filming in August should that be successful.