Now that Clerks III is apparently back on track thanks to a mysterious benefactor not named “Weinstein,” Kevin Smith is now free to do what he does best, talk about it! And while talking on one of his plurality of podcasting platforms, The SModcast, Smith confirmed what was perhaps the second most obvious piece of casting news for the film, that Jay & Silent Bob would be back for part III. The hetero-lifemates have been a part of many of Smith’s comedic efforts, including his first five films, plus the 2006 sequel Clerks II, so if you thought there would be a Clerks movie without everyone’s favorite, unionized Jersey pot dealers, you were really, really wrong.
The pertinent clip from the latest episode of the SModcast is below, but in brief Smith confirmed that Jason Mewes will be returning to play Jay while the director himself will appear in front of the camera to reprise Silent Bob. “They’re in the movie as much as they were in Clerks and Clerks II,” Smith said, while in conversation with Clerks co-star Jeff Anderson, who plays slacker philosopher Randal in the films.
This news is not surprising. One of the reasons Clerks II got made in the first place was that it was a promise made by Smith to Mewes that if his friend got clean and sober, then he would make a new entry for their Jay & Silent Bob personas. At the time, 2005, it was Smith’s intention not to revisit those characters or anything from his first five films, again, but a promise is a promise and Mewes dedicated himself to recovering from his addiction. The rest, as they say, is history.
In other unsurprising news, Smith says that the first 10 minutes of the film will be in black and white. Of course the original Clerks was black and white for practical and technical reasons, but in Clerks II we only see black and white at the beginning of the movie when the Quick Stop burns down, and in the end when the color fades to black and white as Dante and Randal reclaim their rightful place at the Quick Stop counter. It all made sense thematically, but what will the black and white symbolize in Clerks III?
Listen to the SModcast clip for yourself here:
Smith says that he’s looking to begin production on Clerks III in June 2015. We’ll have more information about the project as it comes up.
Source: Comic Book.com