Kevin Smith has had a storied career. Starting out as an indie darling, he was seen as one of the major rising voices in the film industry. He’d popped up in the same generation as Hollywood bigs as Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez, and with films like Chasing Amy and Dogma hinting at quite a backlog of untapped potential, some waited to see when he’d go full-force into prestige cinema.
Of course, we know that didn’t happen. He’s always appealed directly to his fans’ sensibility with his comedy films, and even in the films that skew more toward the horror side of things, there were plenty of inside jokes that only his true fans would recognize. Over time, he became less obsessed with what Hollywood wanted and more into what he found personally appealing as a filmmaker.
And at this stage, he’s very invested in digging into his View Askewniverse world. For years, he’s talked about doing a Clerks III, but as we reported exclusively a while ago (in the video above), that couldn’t happen without Jeff Anderson, who plays Randal in the films. Well, now it looks like Smith has helped mend that fence, and is ready to continue on with this new movie, as indicated by a new Instagram post.
“3 CLERKS! Thanks to the good folks at @leeloomultiprops, I got to see Randal! #JeffAnderson, @jaymewes, and I spent Saturday signing stuff and catching up, seeing so much movie merch that’s been made over the last 25 years (hit the Leloo site for sweet signed skateboards)! But even better than that? We talked about making a movie together. It’ll be a movie that concludes a saga. It’ll be a movie about how you’re never too old to completely change your life. It’ll be a movie about how a decades-spanning friendship finally confronts the future. It’ll be a movie that brings us back to the beginning – a return to the cradle of civilization in the great state of #newjersey. It’ll be a movie that stars Jeff and @briancohalloran, with me and Jay in supporting roles. And it’ll be a movie called CLERKS III! To be great is to go on. To go on is to go far. To go far is to return. And we’re all gonna return to the scene of the crime! This won’t be the old script we almost made a few years back: this is a completely new screenplay that I just started writing last night! And so far, it’s like a dream come true! After mending fences with @benaffleck earlier this year, I was hoping for a chance to do the same with Jeff – so huge thanks to Leeloo Multiprops for getting us all in the same room. But the biggest thanks ever go to Jeff, for being receptive to the idea at all. This means I’m gonna get to play with my two favorite inaction figures again: Dante & Randal! Two weeks from the debut of @jayandsilentbob Reboot (on @fathomevents screens 10/15 & 10/17, link in my bio), I’m ecstatic to announce our imminent return to Quick Stop! So I assure you: we’re open!”
So…is this a good thing? Honestly, I don’t know. He’s been talking about this movie for years, and very recently, he did a live reading of an old script that he described as depressing. He then went on to say that if the movie does get made, he’ll remember that it’s a comedy. I want to see this made, but given Smith’s tendency to skew toward easy jokes and ham-fisted arcs, I’m not sure.
As someone who is a fan, I’m hopeful for this one, but if his work on Yoga Hosers and what I’ve seen of Jay and Silent Bob Reboot are any indication, I worry this will only tarnish the legacy of those movies. That being said…I know I’ll be there to watch the movie on day one.
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