Kevin Smith fans have always considered his Clerks films as the more solid entries in his filmography, and it was exciting when Smith announced that he was officially pushing forward with a third movie. Now Smith has announced that Clerks III has wrapped production, and he does so with a commemorative photo with his producers Liz Destro and Jordan Monsanto, as well as the characters that started his professional career, Dante (Brian O’Halloran), Randal (Jeff Anderson), and Jay (Jay Mewes) and Silent Bob (Smith).
Here’s his post:
We wrapped CLERKS III around midnight, our final shot replicating the scene from CLERKS in which Jay & Silent Bob were dancing in the dark outside of RST Video! Thank you to my uber-Producers @JordanMonsanto and Liz Destro for making my dreams come true! What an adventure we had! pic.twitter.com/b077m13PEF
— KevinSmith (@ThatKevinSmith) September 1, 2021
Just in case you didn’t know, this was the scene Smith was talking about:
One person missing from the photo is Smith’s longtime friend Scott Mosier who had produced the other two Clerks films. While Mosier may not be in the credits, I’d like to think that Becky’s (Rosario Dawson) last name Scott is supposed to allude to him.
Though it’s taken years for Clerks III to get off the ground Smith and his team are finally moving forward. Hopefully this time everyone working on the film will be properly compensated; as unjust compensation was said to be the problem with the movies for a long time.
As for the story of Clerks III, it’s said that the movie will follow Dante and Randal in the present day, and after Randal survives a heart attack, he decides to make a movie in the convenience store that he owns—essentially he’s going to be making the first Clerks.
I think that the story would be a nice way to bring the movies full circle, and after all of Smith’s experiences from making the first film (and surviving his own heart attack), I’m interested to see what he has to say with these clerks one last time.
No release date has been set for Clerks III, but I think a 2022 release date is a realistic guess.