I ASSURE YOU; THIS SCRIPT IS FINISHED. When, on 8th March, Kevin Smith uploaded a photo of the title page for the Clerks III screenplay, announcing a 4.20am bolt of inspiration ushered him from his bed to the typewriter (figure of speech, I’m sure he has a laptop these days), and prophesied it would be the best film he would ever make, fans of Smith’s View Askewniverse stormed local convenience stores to find the perfect carton of eggs in celebration. At least one can assume that is what they did.
Good news then for fans of New Jersey’s finest shopping attendants – Smith has finished the script, and made a Quick Stop on Facebook to post the following update: “IT IS ACCOMPLISHED! CLERKS III, FIRST DRAFT! At 137 pages, it plays like THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK of what’s now become the Clerks Trilogy,” along with the below photo of the screenplay sitting atop the clapboard from Smith’s $27,575 investment in 1994.
In 2006, Smith’s Clerks 2 traded black-and-white for colour, and Quick Stop for Mooby’s Restaurant, whilst utilising the director/writer’s twelve years of filmmaking experience to reel in some cameos from old friends such as Ben Affleck and Jason Lee. The sequel was more polished and glossy than its predecessor, and even featured a choreographed, fourth-wall-breaking, dancing montage, though the raw, delinquent humour remained a constant.
Other than confirmation of Jay and Silent Bob’s inclusion, and the suggestion that it could be Smith’s last feature-length outing as director/writer, few details are currently known about the film, leaving the question: What will Randal and Dante be doing this time to avoid looking after customers?
What do you make of the idea of a second sequel to Clerks? And which faces from View Askewniverse would you like to see make an appearance, at what has been hinted as Smith’s last venture through the fictional world? Leave your comments below.