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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Kevin Smith has always been eager to revisit is View Askewniverse. Yes, he may have gone off and done such movies as Red State, Tusk, and Yoga Hosers, but his mind has never seemingly been too far from the world of characters he helped create way back in the ‘90s, long before the MCU was even a twinkle in Kevin Feige’s eye. But can we ever get another Clerks film?

A few years ago, it didn’t seem so impossible. Smith had a script ready to go, but then the whole idea was brought to a standstill. As Smith told us in an exclusive interview a few years back, the reason behind it was actor Jeff Anderson, who plays the role of Randal. 

Now, at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con at his Hall H panel, which LRM Online was in attendance for, Smith revealed that the movie he wanted to make was a lot different from what many fans would expect.

“Then when I wrote Clerks III, I wrote it in a weirder, darker time in my life, and it was kind of like the King Lear of all our movies. It’s really depressing. It’s about death…so we’re going to read it out loud, and I love it. It’s one of my favorite scripts. It’s dark and it’s bleak, and it’s not what Dante and Randal deserve. So we’re never going to make that version of Clerks III. But Dante and Randal do deserve just a little more than they got…”

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Okay, so we’re never going to see that movie…but that’s not to say we won’t be getting ANOTHER Clerks III. Smith went on to say he has plans for another version of that story.

“I’m gonna write a different Clerks III, and we’re going to make that f**king movie. I promise you. In a world where we got Ben [Affleck] to come back, we have to be able to get Jeff to come back. Nothing’s impossible at this point. So he’s the next one I’m going to try and mend fences with.”

For those who don’t know, Smith hadn’t talked to Ben Affleck in years, and in the trailer for his new movie Jay and Silent Bob Reboot, it was revealed that Affleck would indeed be present in a cameo role. Smith recently discussed how he’d mended fences with Affleck, so it’s clear he wants to do the same with Anderson.

Smith didn’t go into detail as to why Jeff Anderson didn’t want to join the  original version of the movie, but it makes sense that it would have to do with his odd relationship with playing Randal, a strained relationship with Smith himself, or even his desire NOT to do this depressing version of the movie.

But, on the heels of him making up with Affleck, Smith seems determined to rebuild bridges and get this project done. We’ll have to wait and see if and when this actually happens. Would you want to see another Clerks film? Let us know your thoughts down below!

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Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.