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Clerks III surprise announcement by Kevin Smith

Kevin Smith is currently busy working on the long-awaited Jay and Silent Bob Reboot. However, as it turns out, it’s not the only sequel he has planned. In fact, the director recently met up with actors Jeff Anderson and Jason Mewes and, in a fun and emotional reunion post, he said work on Clerks III has begun.

In fact, Kevin Smith went even further, explaining the upcoming three-quel will not only be the third movie in this cinematic universe, but also the conclusion of “a saga.” The director also paid tribute to the “great state” of New Jersey and talked a bit about the script.

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3 CLERKS! Thanks to the good folks at @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

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It should be noted this isn’t the first time Kevin Smith has been gung ho about making Clerks III. Smith confirmed the existence of a script for this movie five years ago. Way back in 2014, the aforementioned Jeff Anderson, who has played Randall Graves in the other two Clerks movies, also mentioned there was a script for Clerks III that he described at the time as “different.”

While Kevin Smith previously confirmed the existence of a Clerks III script,  this post seems to be saying the new movie won’t be based on that script but will be a totally new idea altogether. Allegedly, he just started writing the script too, so it's an idea that is still in its infancy at this point.

Kevin Smith has been no stranger to sequels, but he’s also been no stranger to sequels that never got made. You need look no further than the long-touted Mallrats II/ Mallbrats project that hopped from the big screen to TV and then back into obscurity for reference.

Still, with Jay and Silent Bob Reboot out in just a few short weeks, that project's performance could go a long way to helping (or hurting, but let’s hope for helping) Clerks III’s chances of seeing the light of day. If people like this sequel, it could prove there’s an appetite for more Kevin Smith movies with a tinge of nostalgia mixed in with its raunchy, R-rated humor.

Regardless of whether or not the project does ultimately end up getting greenlighted at a studio, it is really cool to see the gang back in action, even if Brian O’Halloran is missing from this mini reunion. (Kevin Smith does say Dante is still in the script.)

It’s also worth mentioning, the wait for Clerks III actually kind of makes sense. Kevin Smith’s groundbreaking Clerks came out way back in 1994. Then, Clerks II didn’t hit theaters until 2006 – 12 years after the first movie. Another decade-plus wait for the third movie not only fits the mold, it’s also just kind of nice to check in and see what the gang is up – what’s changed and mostly what hasn’t for the characters.

While we wait, Jay and Silent Bob Reboot is out on October 15, and yes, it will be Rated R. To see what else is coming before the end of the year, take a look at our full movies schedule.

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