Kevin Smith‘s been a busy guy lately. He started working on a Mallrats sequel, and then he turned it into a Mallrats TV show. And then after that he decided to put proverbial pen to paper for Clerks 3, and develop that project as his next film, but soon all that was abandoned for the prospect of a new Jay and Silent Bob project, because it you’re just going through sequelizing the whole View Askewniverse, you might as well get to the point. But what about all that material for Mallrats and Clerks? Well Smith has a plan for that if he gets around to it. Maybe. (more…)
To recap, Kevin Smith had a whole series of movies lined up for the next couple of years, and then he floated the idea of revisiting his second film, Mallrats, in a sequel. He did it via Twitter, so naturally everyone took the tease as gospel and ran with it past Excitedville all the way to Hype City. Maybe it’s our relentless obsession with nostalgia, or maybe it’s the stars aligning on the 20th anniversary of the original film, but Smith just couldn’t stop talking about Mallrats 2. The latest development: we will no longer have to wait two years for it! In a new post, Smith conformed that Mallrats 2 will be his next project. (more…)
Normally when you say “I smell a rat,” that’s a bad thing. Of course, no one’s ever going to accuse Kevin Smith of doing the normal thing, or even doing what’s expected of him, or even on following through on his promises. Hey, remember when Smith was going to retire? No, neither does he, and he’s got a whole slate of movies on his plate to keep him busy through to the end of 2016. And then, last week, he teased about a new project. A sequel. Granted Smith’s been talking for long years about making Clerks III, but the new sequel idea he had was for another project, Mallrats. Now nearly 20 years after the fact, Smith confirmed, he’s ready to go back to the mall. (more…)
Remember when Kevin Smith said that he had one movie left and he was quitting filmmaking? No, I don’t think he does either because all he talks about these days is all the new movies he has on the go. His proclamation about retiring came around the time of Red State‘s release in 2012, and since then he’s released Tusk, wrapped Yoga Hosers, and is prepping the much ballyhooed Clerks III. But is there room in Smith’s schedule for another journey back to the ViewAskewniverse? Perhaps there’s a certain group of shopping center irregulars who demand some attention 20 years after the fact? Yes, not so subtlety, Smith is talking about Mallrats 2. (more…)
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. (more…)
In a making-of documentary on the DVD of Clerks II, director/writer Kevin Smith said that bringing the film to life felt like the catharsis he needed, penning the final chapter of the characters he brought to life in his directorial debut in the original Clerks movie. Apparently, catharsis is an ongoing process, as Smith has recently made comments that making his most recent film Tusk, starring Justin Long and Johnny Depp, provided him with the cash necessary to shoot a third chapter in the lives of clerks Dante and Randal. However, with so many movies on the filmmaker’s plate, when he would begin production of the film was up in the air. Now recent comments by Smith indicate that Clerks III might be on its way sooner rather than later. (more…)
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! (more…)
I thought Kevin Smith was going to retire?
First, his hockey picture was just that — one picture. Then it became a miniseries (and I think switched back to being a standalone movie?). Subsequently, news broke of a Clerks III script (that could possibly end up on Broadway — wait no, that was utter bullshit). In-between, he somehow came to serve the diligent anti-diletante fans of his who could afford a cable subscription (snoochies and boochies be expensive y’all). Currently, he’s finishing up production on Tusk, his follow-up to the 2011 horrific hack job, Red State. It’s almost as hard as keeping up with Tarantino rumors when he was churning out a new potential project seemingly every other week (though not nearly as interesting, as QT is actually talented). Now comes the announcement of Anti-Claus, yet another horror project that will re-team the Jersey Devil with the cast of his yet-to-be-seen Tusk (Justin Long, Haley Joel Osment, Genesis Rodriguez and Michael Parks). The only good news I can glean from this announcement? It will delay the production of future turd-burger Clerks III for at least a little while longer.
Lots of Twitter action today! (By the way, if you’re not already following @NerdBastards… nudgenudge.)
First of all! Drum roll please… The Master of All Things That Are Awesome – aka Joss Whedon – is now on Twitter! As the @JossActual (not the Actual Joss, thank you very much), he’s got his own account and he’ll be twitting around, tweeting the things that Whedons do. Like this, for example:
That’s pretty Joss-y, to me. Definitely looking forward to the epicness he’ll be getting up to in Twitterland.
In other Twitter news, Kevin Smith has completed the screenplay for Clerks III. And, of course, knowing that people would be saying, “Pics or it didn’t happen!” he went ahead and Instagrammed a picture for us nerds.
With this week’s earlier announcement what was going to be Kevin Smith‘s final film, the hockey flick Hit Someday, was being made into a mini-series many wondered if Smith was truly out of the movie business. He’s become a prolific podcaster, has a hit show on AMC, and hasn’t really had the same passion for making movies he once did. But it looks like there’s one project that’ll put him behind the camera one last time: Clerks III.
Clerks was about dude’s finding themselves in their 20s, Clerks II was about those same dudes rediscovering themselves in their 30s, what will Clerks III tackle? Well, it’ll obviously have something to do with Dante and Randal in their 40s but what we don’t know. In the past whenever Smith spoke about the possibility of a third Clerks film he said he’s make one if he came up with something to say about his 40s. Only two years into his fourth decade the man must have thought up something to say.
I’m a little surprised we heard something about Clerks III so soon, and that it sounds to be almost definite. Assuming Jeff Anderson signs, but I’m optimistic Smith will get it him. Trilogies are such a thing these days and you can’t have Clerks without Randal.
What do you think Smith has come up to say about being 40? How will Dante and Randal reflect that? And, let’s be honest here, do you think that stoner even has a script yet?