Kevin Smith Describes ‘Clerks 3′ As His Own ‘Cinema Paradiso’

Published 2 years ago by , Updated March 11th, 2013 at 10:01 pm,

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Keeping track of Kevin Smith’s career trajectory has proven difficult in the last couple of years. Since 2011, he’s gone from naming his hockey film, Hit Somebody, as his final cinematic effort, to splitting that picture into two parts, to remolding it as a TV mini-series and identifying Clerks 3 as his retirement project instead.

Despite his bouts of indecision, he appears to be following through on his word this time and starting work on a script treatment for the latter production.

The news comes courtesy of a post on Smith’s own Facebook Timeline, which features an image of the screenplay’s title page as well as an enthusiastic message from the comic book man declaring Clerks 3 as, “the best movie I’ll ever make.” Little else is known about the details of the film, though after describing it as his Cinema Paradiso to Entertainment Weekly over Twitter, he certainly has his work cut out for him:

Via @DarrenFranich “Do you envision Clerks 3 as Jedi, Last Crusade, or Back to the Future 3?” It’s more Cinema Paradiso than anything else.

Smith originally pegged Clerks 3 as his last movie back in December 2012 before changing his mind in February and announcing that he might re-conceive it as a book to be released chapter by chapter over the Internet. Whether or not the Facebook post in question precludes the possibility of this happening remains unclear, particularly in light of Smith’s mercurial tendencies. It’s also worth noting that he initially toyed with the idea of putting on Clerks 3 as a Broadway show before switching gears and bringing the story back to his preferred artistic medium. Apart from Smith’s intention of closing the book on his theatrical career with the film, little other detail exists about its plot at present.

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What fans can be sure of is that the new and – if his claims of retiring from directing movies can be taken seriously anymore – final entry in the Clerks franchise will portray the next chapter in the lives of Dante Hicks and Randall Graves. We last met these characters as they returned to manning their beloved Quick Stop at the end of Clerks II (read our review) back in 2006; Dante also happened to have a child on the way. With their newfound maturity there’s no clear direction for the plot to take as of now, but Smith’s admirers may just be pleased at the idea of getting to spend a little more time with these characters.

There’s no information on when shooting for the picture will commence, but as we await further tidbits on Clerks 3, we can look ahead to the premiere of Hit Somebody – one of Screen Rant’s most anticipated TV shows of 2013 – later this year.

What’s your take on Smith’s latest announcement, Screen Ranters? Are you excited at the prospect of going back to New Jersey one more time, or would you have preferred to see Hit Somebody on the big screen? Give us your thoughts in the comments section!

Source: Kevin Smith & Entertainment Weekly

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  1. It’ll be a lot better than wasting his time doing the insulting Comic Book Men. Embarrassing

  2. It’s actually kinda nice to read this, he’s going out the way he came in, with Clerks. One of my hopes is he somehow brings back every actor that has been in his films. Sadly except for George Carlin. Also, Jay& Silent Bob best have a big part!!

  3. I forgot what Hit Somebody was by the time I got to the end of the article. It’s that interesting.

  4. Can’t wait! Love Clerks, love Smith! I agree it is great if he goes out doing Clerks since that is the way he started.

  5. Frankly, I have always considered Clerks to be his best movie. So this new installment, while I will see it, isn’t something I’ll be uber excited about.

  6. Listening to Smith on his multitude of Smodco podcasts, each film in the Clerks franchise is basically him writing about his growth in his own life (and I don’t mean growth as in the Southwest Airlines incident). I think these films are so near and dear to his heart, that Clerks 3 is the only way for him to retire from filmmaking.

    As for Hit Somebody, it’s understandable to make that a larger story on television especially after Goon already did an interesting film about hockey enforcers. This medium allows the characters to have more depth and it’ll be interesting to see if Kevin Smith can pull off a television miniseries…and create characters with depth…and not overly use fowl language in dialogue because it is going to be on TV. It’ll be interesting to see how it all plays out.

  7. You forgot to mention another film he’s involved with… Jay and Silent Bob’s Super Groovy Cartoon Movie…

  8. He’s my hero. Can’t wait to see it.

  9. It’s a great way to retire and I applaud him if he can get it finished and walk away happy but honestly, having seen a majority of his movies, I just don’t really understand how the guy has become so successful and loved.

    Clerks was just so boring that I gave up 20 minutes in, Jay & Silent Bob Strike back had too many jokes revolving around potty humor and drugs for me to enjoy it (and this coming from a huge Tenacious D fan) and the only movie I truly enjoyed all the way through was Dogma but even that has its low moments.

    • ?? Clerks was boring???? ……..

  10. Clerks 3? Yes! Can’t wait!

  11. i used to have such faith in this guy. He should stick to his podium in front of a live audience. He’s become so much more of a better storyteller off screen than he ever was on one. Ever.

  12. Kevin Smith is a awful director, but interesting person. I think he should stop directing movies and maybe start writing them for other directors. He can be a Goyer type of writer that knows a ton about comic books and helps write some of the stories for the movies.

  13. To be honest, I usually hate Kevin Smith’s movies (and I wont even go into his comic books) but clerks was easily his best. For some unknown reason, I loved Clerks and Clerks II. I will more than likely see Clerks III in theaters, but something tells me that this will be the one that falls off track.