Hard to believe it’s come to this, but after Clerks was funded with a fistful of credit cards, and after Clerks 2 got made on a scant $5 million, it seems that the cost of Clerks 3 is too rich for the Weinsteins’ blood. In sad 90s flashback news yesterday, writer/director Kevin Smith told the world the funding Clerks 3, at the grand total of $6 million, would not be coming from The Weinstein Company, his long-time patrons all the way back to that first Clerks movie. So what happens now?
The news about Clerks 3 came from a Smith interview with Screen Daily. When asked about the third entry in the McJob buffoonery saga, which was originally supposed to start shooting this past May, Smith was typically blunt. “[The Weinsteins] passed,” he said. “I went in with a $6 million budget and they were like, ‘Oh no, Kevin. This is too high.’ Bob offered us distribution, but they weren’t going to finance it.”
It would make sense that the Weinsteins would want to distribute it, Clerks is a brand name and Smith has a loyal following, but why not finance? Especially considering the million dollar price difference? If you factor in inflation, Clerks 2 and Clerks 3 would have cost nearly the same. Of course, TWC isn’t as rich as it used to be, so maybe there’s just no money left for Smith-indulgence, but it would still be a quick buck for them to produce this film.
So what of the fate of Clerks now? Early this year, Smith told Reddit that “CLERKS III is still coming. I love the script so much, I’ll make it happen, I promise.” So it could still likely happen in some form, and Smith’s done pretty good for himself in blazing the crowd-sourcing trail now well-used by many indie filmmakers.
The film would have re-united Brian O’Halloran, Jeff Anderson, Jason Mewes and Smith, as well as presumably Rosario Dawson who was carrying Dante’s hideous f***ing CHUD of a kid at the end of Clerks 2. More jokes about Star Wars, nerd culture, and the inanity of regular, everyday New Jersey shoppers would have followed, and we all would have come out better for the experience (presumably).
So what happens now? Well, don’t worry about Smith because he’s got more than enough to keep him busy despite all that retirement talk a few years ago. His new horror film Tusk comes out later this year, and he’s currently in development on the Christmas horror anthology Comes the Krampus and a third horror movie called Anti-Claus. He’s also got about 17 different TV projects on the go and like a thousand podcasts, so no need to worry about Smith’s free time piling up. As for Clerks 3, I’m sure he’ll be talking about it again soon.
Source: Screen Rant