Back in December, Kevin Smith announced tentative plans to write and direct Clerks 3, a project that he had been hinting at for years but never committed to make. This led many to wonder if he was actually going to follow through with his plans to retire as a director or if he was just using it as another way to attract attention and voice his disapproval of the current state of the movie industry. Now this week he has indicated that he may take Clerks 3 outside of the movie industry altogether. During a recent panel discussion on What’s Trending, he explained that he now wants to release Clerks 3 as a book, leaving open the possibility of adapting it for the screen at a later date. What’s more, he claims that the book will be released online one chapter at a time, taking fan feedback into consideration along the way. Here’s what he had to say:
“I get to go inside the characters’ heads, tell Year One origin stories where the first chapter is Dante and Randall meeting in kindergarten, all the stuff I can’t do in a movie… That’s what I want to do, because I’m a stoner. I want to investigate the inner life of every character, and I can’t do that in 90 minutes with a film.”
You have to wonder if he’s just compromising and releasing it this way because Jeff Anderson is still refusing to return for a third Clerks film. In between his endless references to smoking weed, he also explained that he was considering doing Clerks 3 as a Broadway play as well, but he thinks he can be more creative with it this way. He also continued to proclaim himself a new media messiah by saying that he’s been interacting with his audience for 20 years now.
In all seriousness, I am a little curious to see what a Kevin Smith “novel” would look like. He has already written a handful of comics involving these characters and he has had a couple of books on the New York Times bestsellers list, but I have a hard time believing that he could write something that didn’t come across as juvenile. Still, I’d love to be proven wrong. It’s interesting that Quentin Tarantino has also recently expressed interest in writing novels… I wonder if that had any influence on Smith’s decision. Either way, would you be interested in reading Clerks 3 as a novel? Is the audience participation thing a good idea or will it just end up being a case of design by committee?