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Kevin Smith's 'Clerks 3' Script Is 137 Pages Long, Says It Will Be The 'Empire Strikes Back' Of The Series

by Kevin Jagernauth
May 13, 2013 5:18 PM
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After first teasing that "Clerks 3" would be  a movie, and then saying that it might be a book, the vacillating Kevin Smith has gone ahead an finished the damn thing as a screenplay. But wait, there's more....

“IT IS ACCOMPLISHED! First draft of CLERKS III is 137 pages,” he tweeted today. “Plays like the EMPIRE STRIKES BACK of the Clerks trilogy.” 

We're not sure what that means, but Smith fans will doubtless be very excited for another outing with Dante and Randal (although it's worth noting that the entire enterprise rests on whether or not the latter decides to come back, we're inclined to think he will). Whether or not this actually gets made remains a whole other question of course.

Being a first draft, subsequent drafts will presumably jettison the fat to get it down to the lean 90-minutes that the previous instalments ran to....right? Because no one wants to see a two hour plus "Clerks" they? This is the same Smith whose hockey movie "Hit Somebody" went from being an already big, two movie project, into a six hour TV series so perhaps Brevity isn't a quality that's exercised in Smith's latter day pre-"retirement" era.

Will "Clerks 3" get made? We'd have to guess that it probably will. They're cheap, Harvey Weinstein and Kevin are contentious old pals, who will both be glad to make money together again, producing a "Clerks" movie is hardly a strain unless this suddenly has large-scale set-pieces. Plus the Weinsteins reacquired the "Clerks" rights a few years back so we suppose if they have a chance to exploit it again, they'll want to.

So... hooray? We didn't really need the second movie to be perfectly honest, so a third seems like it might lurch into overkill territory, but there are plenty of other folks who like these movies, so it's good news for them at least. [Deadline]

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  • griffj17 | January 12, 2014 7:59 PMReply

    just got done watching clerks 2 for the millionth time. I can't see how everyone didn't enjoy this movie. I still to this day laugh my ass off when they make fun of silence of the lambs. cannot wait for part 3. wish there is room for a Mallrats sequel.....

  • KS | May 28, 2013 11:51 AMReply

    Wow, a lot of you are really butt-hurt over something. Regardless of you assholes who couldn't make a movie better than even Jersey Girl, I am excited for Clerks 3. I'm looking forward to seeing how Trevor Fehrman is used, I thought both him and Jeff Anderson have a unique connection not seen in many buddy comedies anymore, ala Now You Know. I've been a fan of Fehrman's since Cheats in 2002. I've been following Smith since Clerks was released and I'm glad his final directorial film will be Clerks 3.

    On a final note, you assholes who have never made films, show some fucking respect for people who have. If you don't like his films, fuck off.


  • Michael | May 14, 2013 9:15 PMReply

    Unfortunately Kevin Smith made a great first movie and has been living off that ever since. Chasing Amy was very good as was Red State but he has never really grown as a director creatively frozen in time to his first success. He was very good as an actor in "Catch and Release" maybe its time to change careers. If he makes Clerks 3 he might not have a choice.

  • Rob | May 14, 2013 9:30 AMReply

    Clerks II was one of the worst movies I ever saw. It took everything that was cool about indie film in the 90s and reduced it to a steaming pile of goat shit. And "The Empire" comment shows how bad of a writer he has become with age. Empire is clearly a second act. This is the third Clerks. My fear is the comment suggests he's making more.

  • KurtCobain | May 15, 2013 1:57 PM

    Am I the only one who liked Clerks 2? How can you say it sucked.....just because it wasnt like the first one? The sequel had heart and lots of laughs. Kevin has said that this will be his last movie, so do you really think he will do a bad job? Give it a chance!
    I for one want to see where Dante and Randal end up. In my opinion, Clerks 2 was his bast movie.

  • yer | May 13, 2013 9:21 PMReply

    Does anyone really want to see Clerks 3? Does Kevin Smith have any fanboys left?

  • G | May 30, 2013 9:38 AM

    I'm still a huge fan of his. And I don't believe in "what's hot at the moment" ideaology.

  • Josh | May 15, 2013 1:53 PM


  • EB | May 13, 2013 9:04 PMReply

    Clerks II was beyond abysmal. Perhaps he views it as his 'Phantom Menace'...

  • Ugh | May 13, 2013 6:51 PMReply

    Sounds like classic Kevin Smith pandering. Using 'Star Wars' to get his geek fans hearts a flutter. Weird, since making an "Empire Strikes Back" analogy makes no sense UNLESS if he's willing to end 'Clerks III' on a dark, ambiguous note..... which he won't.

  • GuyWhoDisagreeswithUGH | June 27, 2013 3:33 PM

    He will end it on a dark amibigous note.. Remember when in the first Clerks the part where dante says his favorite star wars film was Empire Strikes Back? Well Randal asks why and he says because it ends on such a down note.. Well the original ending to that movie was a guy coming in the store and killing Dante and robbing the place.. So what I'm thinking is Randall is going to kill himself for whatever reason at the end, since Dante probably has a kid by now and wife and is happy with his life. They're in their 40's now and all Randall has done is work at a convienence store. Of course that's just my opinion I really don't know what's going to happen, but I will say I'm looking forward to seeing Clerks 3.. The first Clerks is the best however the second one isn't far behind it's almost as good as the first one.. The 3rd one? Well that just might be the best one of them all.

  • Brandon | May 13, 2013 11:36 PM

    Pretty sure his 'Empire' comment was meant as his 'crown jewel' of the three films, much like Empire was the best of the original trilogy. I could be wrong though, Kevin has proven to be perplexing in his middle age years.

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