It’s doubtful anyone knew that when Clerks was released in October 1994, it was going to launch an entire cinematic universe, but 25 years later, Kevin Smith‘s View Askewniverse will see its eighth movie come to theaters this month with Jay and Silent Bob Reboot. And it won’t be the last. The director has announced he will say goodbye to the characters that started it all with Clerks III, the final installment in the unlikely trilogy.
Smith revealed on Instagram that after spending a day signing movie memorabilia with Clerks star Jeff Anderson and Jay himself, Jason Mewes, they have all agreed to make another Clerks movie. It will conclude the story of cinema’s most infamous cashiers. Even though Smith said he just started writing the actual script, he confirmed it will also see Brian O’Halloran return as Dante.
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3 CLERKS! Thanks to the good folks at @zscentertainment and @leeloomultiprops, I got to see Randal! #JeffAnderson, @jaymewes, and I spent Saturday signing stuff and catching up, seeing so much movie merch that’s been made over the last 25 years (hit the Leloo site for sweet signed skateboards)! But even better than that? We talked about making a movie together. It’ll be a movie that concludes a saga. It’ll be a movie about how you’re never too old to completely change your life. It’ll be a movie about how a decades-spanning friendship finally confronts the future. It’ll be a movie that brings us back to the beginning – a return to the cradle of civilization in the great state of #newjersey. It’ll be a movie that stars Jeff and @briancohalloran, with me and Jay in supporting roles. And it’ll be a movie called CLERKS III! To be great is to go on. To go on is to go far. To go far is to return. And we’re all gonna return to the scene of the crime! This won’t be the old script we almost made a few years back: this is a completely new screenplay that I just started writing last night! And so far, it’s like a dream come true! After mending fences with @benaffleck earlier this year, I was hoping for a chance to do the same with Jeff – so huge thanks to Leeloo Multiprops for getting us all in the same room. But the biggest thanks ever go to Jeff, for being receptive to the idea at all. This means I’m gonna get to play with my two favorite inaction figures again: Dante & Randal! Two weeks from the debut of @jayandsilentbob Reboot (on @fathomevents screens 10/15 & 10/17, link in my bio), I’m ecstatic to announce our imminent return to Quick Stop! So I assure you: we’re open! #KevinSmith #clerks3 #jaymewes #jayandsilentbob #danteandrandal #quickstop #leeloomultiprops #indiefilm #clerks
Smith also described what the film will be about, with it focusing on the themes of long term friendship and how it’s never too late to make changes. “It’ll be a movie about how you’re never too old to completely change your life. It’ll be a movie about how a decades-spanning friendship finally confronts the future,” he wrote.
According to Smith, this will be totally different script than the one he had written previously for a planned third film, which was abandoned in 2017 when Jeff Anderson dropped out. However, whatever happened during their autograph session seems to have mended whatever fence was broken. (Or rather, since this is Clerks, whatever iron gate was stuck.)
It’s only fitting Clerks will end with a third film, since Clerks II came out in 2006. Now, we’ll all get to find out what Randal thinks of another trilogy—the new Star Wars.
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