It has been more than a decade since the release of Clerks II, and ever since then, many fans of the series (including our fearless leader, Joey Magidson) have wondered when or even if we would get to see a third installment in the Kevin Smith-led and directed franchise.
The answer is yes.
Lionsgate has officially acquired the rights to Clerks III which is currently in pre-production in New Jersey and will start filming next month. Deadline has the story here.
Smith has returned to write the screenplay for the film and will also direct the project. All of the major cast members from the first two films are also said to be reprising their roles for this third entry including Jeff Anderson, Brian Halloran, Jay Mewes, Smith, and Rosario Dawson.
In Clerks III, following a massive heart attack, Randal enlists Dante, Elias, Jay, and Silent Bob to make a movie immortalizing his life at the convenience store that started it all.
“There’s a saying from the Tao that goes something like ‘To be great is to go on. To go on is to go far. To go far is to return.’ Thanks to Lionsgate, we get to return to where it all started with almost the whole cast that started it all! And for the first time since the first time we ever made a movie in 1993, we’re shooting the entire flick on location in New Jersey, as an ode to both the enduring allure of cinema and the resourcefulness and lunacy of its storytellers. Years ago, Dante and Randal made me a filmmaker – so now it’s time I return the favor”, Smith said.
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