Kevin Smith had been planning a third Clerks movie for a while, but it had been having a hard time getting off the ground. With the Jay and Silent Bob Reboot set to release soon, Smith has announced that he’s finally pushing forward with Clerks III!
Here’s the announcement:
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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
What’s great is the movie has managed to get original stars Jeff Anderson and Brian O’Halloran back in the lead roles of Randall and Dante. Smith and Jay Mewes are also set to reprise their roles as potheads Jay and Silent Bob. No news yet on who else is returning, but hopefully we get Rosario Dawson back plus some other kooky characters.
Personally, I would love to see a return for Marilyn Ghigliotti. She played Dante’s girlfriend Veronica in the first Clerks and I was kind of bummed that she didn’t return for the sequel. Hopefully we get an update on her character come the third movie.
Though Smith has had a lot of films under his belt, his low-budget film Clerks maintains to be a cult classic. Clerks II was also an amazing follow-up, but it’s been more than 13 years since that film. Let’s hope this third movie doesn’t disappoint.
No release date has been set for Clerks III, but catch Jay and Silent Bob Reboot in theaters Oct. 15.