With just a couple of weeks to go before his next movie, Jay & Silent Bob Reboot, hits theatres, Kevin Smith has just given fans of the so-called Askewniverse another reason to get excited. It’s no secret that he has been trying for years to get a third Clerks film off the ground, but up until now Jeff Anderson (aka Randal Graves) has been the lone holdout on the project. A script was written and funding secured, but without Anderson’s involvement, Smith was forced to abandon it at the time. Now this week, however, he took to Instagram to announce that Anderson is back on board and the movie appears to be happening for real this time:
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
It is unclear what drove Anderson and Smith apart in the first place, but it is heartening to hear that they have made amends and are now on the same page. Smith is apparently writing a brand new script from scratch, which may indicate that Anderson had concerns with the original draft. Either way, the good news is that it feels like it is coming from the heart as opposed to a commercial need to rely on past successes. Are you looking forward to Clerks III?