Kevin Smith came to the attention of fans everywhere 20 years ago with Clerks, a movie he made for a fistful of credit cards and shot in black and white at the convenience store he worked at. Money is no object for Smith, but you still need the cash to make a movie, even a low budget one, and earlier this year, Smith’s normal benefactors at the Weinstein Company took a pass on a third edition of Clerks. So will we ever find out what happened to Randall and Dante following the end of Clerks II when they bought the Quick Stop? Well, things are looking up Clerks fans because Smith is bragging now that financing for Clerks III has been secured, and it’s all thanks to Smith’s last effort, a movie about a man that turns a hapless victim into a walrus. Oh yeah, spoiler alert!
In one of his numerous podcasts, Hollywood Babble-On, Smith discussed the reception of his latest film Tusk, which despite not being a box office smash has actually opened the door to finally getting filming underway on the next chapter in the Clerks saga.
“Tusk opened about as poorly as a movie can open,” Smith said. “Honestly, I read a lot of f***ing pieces the day after were like utter disaster and s**t like that. I did. As per usual, the people that love me, love me, but the people that f***ing hate me, hate my guts.”
For the record, according to Box Office Mojo, Tusk opened in just over 600 theaters for a total take of $846,831. In the last week and a half it’s made nearly $1.5 million at the box office, which isn’t Guardians of the Galaxy money, but it’s not bad for a movie released on about one-eighth the screens as compared to something like Guardians. Made for only a budget of $3 million, it’s likely that Tusk will make money once the final domestic box office is tabulated and combined with foreign, VOD and home video profits.
For Smith though, a man who barely four years ago was talking about retirement, Tusk has opened door to get back to the business of making movies again, especially his second follow-up to Clerks. “Everything in my life would suck right now if I hadn’t made that movie,” he explained. “I’m back in movies now. I’ve got three lined up, and this is the f***ing grand news. Tusk was the absolute bridge to Clerks III. Because of Tusk, I got my financing for Clerks III.
“And honestly, that would not have happened,” Smith continued. “A year and change ago I was trying to f***ing desperately get Clerks III made for the 20th anniversary. And that desperation, I must have reeked of it, because I couldn’t f***ing find money and s**t. But it was Tusk, it was people going ‘Holy F**k! What else do you have?’ And I was like, ‘Clerks III,’ done. So everybody that’s like, ‘He failed, he failed,’ thank you I failed into Clerks III. So, never trust anybody when they tell you how your story goes, man. You know your story. You write your own story.”
True enough. It would have been nice if Clerks III had been ready for a 20th anniversary commemoration, but it’s just nice to hear now that the flick is going to get made. Smith’s been on quite the filmmaking roll lately with Red State, now Tusk and several other films in some form of development, he’s almost becoming a mogul. Not bad for a guy that looked like he was quitting movies to podcast all day and smoke up all night.
So what madness will Dante, Randall, Jay and Silent Bob be getting up to this time do you wonder? Are you looking forward to seeing another Clerks entry? Sound off with your thoughts on the subject below.
Source: Comic Book.com