Kevin Smith introduced earlier this month that CLERKS Three was formally transferring ahead, teasing that it might be a movie about how a “decades-spanning friendship lastly confronts the long run” and the way you are “by no means too previous to utterly change your life.” Whereas talking with The Wrap, Smith dropped a couple of extra particulars on the challenge, together with revealing how his personal real-life coronary heart assault served as a serious supply of inspiration.
Randal has a coronary heart assault, decides that he got here so near loss of life, and his life has meant nothing, there’s no person to memorialize him, he has no household or something like that. And within the restoration, whereas below fentanyl, he involves the conclusion at mid-life, having virtually died, having labored in a film retailer his complete life and watched different folks’s films, he tells Dante, I feel we have to make a film. So Dante and Randal make ‘Clerks.’ That’s the story of Clerks 3.
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This concept is kind of completely different from Kevin Smith’s unique plan for CLERKS 3, which obtained a live-reading this summer season, however every thing modified with Smith’s coronary heart assault and after he patched issues up with Jeff Anderson (Randal). “That was a film that was written by a man who was obsessive about middle-aged and dying, and it was all about loss of life. And that was earlier than I virtually died,” Smith defined. “Then I virtually died, and now I don’t actually need to discuss that s—. I’ve been too shut. Now I simply need to do life affirming issues. The tone goes to shift utterly. I owe these guys, these characters, Dante and Randal, much more than the sort of doom and gloom I used to be about to place them by. I beloved that script, and I beloved studying it, however there wasn’t a dry eye in the home for the final 15 pages… It’s a f—ing tearjerker. It’s just like the ‘King Lear’ of ‘Clerks’ films. It’s actually unbelievably transferring and unhappy, however it’s not what I need to do with these guys for this. You’d’ve seen the previous ‘Clerks 3’ and been like, did the man who made ‘Clerks’ neglect that ‘Clerks’ was a comedy?“
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The brand new CLERKS Three story will deliver Kevin Smith again to the place it began, an indie film filmed in black and white as a result of that is all they might afford. Very like the unique CLERKS, the movie-within-a-movie in CLERKS Three can even be in black and white. “I’m going to deliver my boys proper again to the place they introduced me. I’m writing it, it writes itself as a result of I f—ing lived it 25 years in the past,” Smith stated. “It’s simply heat and f—ing fantastic. They’re figuring it out the identical method I figured it out, however I take pleasure in having the ability to cherry choose all my favourite tales and moments of constructing ‘Clerks’ and placing it proper again into their arms.” Earlier than CLERKS 3, Kevin Smith will likely be bringing us JAY AND SILENT BOB REBOOT, which can open in theaters through Fathom Occasions on October 15th & 17th, adopted by a touring road-tour.