If there is one thing you can say about Kevin Smith, it’s that he has tenacity. He has had a completed script for Clerks III for some time now. He revealed everything was ready to move forward and close out his quarter-century saga, but then one actor decided to back out.
Smith didn’t reveal for some time who it was, but may people could guess who it was due to his past reluctance to work on Clerks II. Jeff Anderson (Randal) was the holdout, and Smith refused to move forward without him. When that happened, Smith turned his attention to Jay & Silent Bob Reboot which will be hitting the road this fall for a roadshow.
Now, it seems, things may be back in play on Clerks III. Smith and Jason Mewes did a signing this past weekend with Jeff Anderson, and they talked things out. According to a post from Smith on Instagram, that also included Anderson agreeing to return for the third and final Clerks movie.
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3 CLERKS! Thanks to the good folks at @zscentertainment and @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! #KevinSmith #clerks3 #jaymewes #jayandsilentbob #danteandrandal #quickstop #leeloomultiprops #indiefilm #clerks
We’re doubtful any form of contract was signed, but you can always hope that it is indeed coming together.
Smith has had several false starts over the past several years including a Mallrats II project that didn’t seem to come together. Will his luck turn around on Clerks III? We’ll just have to wait and see.
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