Kevin Smith Rounds Up The Old Gang
With little over a fortnight before the opening of the Jay And Silent Bob reboot, director Kevin Smith announced on Instagram that Clerks III is finally happening.
Smith had shelved a script for Clerks III after Jeff Anderson, who plays Randal Graves in Clerks and Clerks II, decided not to join the project. But now, Anderson is on board and the movie is a go.
Smith also confirms this isn’t using the script he penned a few years back, this will be a completely new screenplay which he has only begun writing.
The director also shared a photo with Jay Mewes and Anderson. They had talked about making the movie when they were signing Clerks goodies.
Here’s the social post:
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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 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 New Jersey.”
Clerks was first released in 1994 and was the debut movie from Smith as a director. The black-and-white movie was shot on a low-budget and was set in the New Jersey convenience store where Smith worked at the time.
It tells the story of Quick Stop clerks Dante Hicks (Brian O’Halloran) and Randal Graves (Jeff Anderson), exploring life as customer service workers. The movie is also notable for introducing Mewes and Smith as Jay And Silent Bob, two stoners constantly loitering outside the store.
Man, I’m just happy to see what Dante and Randal are up to these days. There’s plenty of new Star Wars rubbish for them to talk about since we last saw them. Am I on my own here?
Smith’s Jay And Silent Bob reboot will screen in cinemas in about a fortnight from now, and we’ll bring you more Clerks news when we hear it.