Holy Clerks Fatman! I cant believe what I just read. Mallrats, and Jay and Silent Bob Strikes back director Kevin Smith announced last night that he is putting Clerks 3 on hold, for his horror film Comes the Krampus. As a HUGE fan of Kevin Smith’s I was rather disappointed with him putting Clerks back on the shelf since we last left our dynamic duo of Randel and Dante buying the Quick Stop. Originally he wanted to wait until after Clerks 3 was released before starting production on Krampus, but recently he realized that he would rather save characters Dante and Randell for a later time.
I like the idea of growing old with Dante and Randal, and stopping into from time to time to check on them. Love working with Brian O’Halloran and Jeff Anderson, but Dante and Randal are my boys. They lifted me up to where I am today, that pair of fictional clerks. So I like to honor them by not letting them be forgotten. And checking in on them for CLERKS 3 will be that.
But on the subject of CLERKS 3, recently, I’ve had a big come-to-Jesus conversation with myself about my immediate future.
Kevin Smith as a horror writer I just cant see it. Now granted his more serious movie Dogma did cross some controversial lines between horror and religion, I just cant imagine him writing a film like Comes the Krampus. Recently there has been talk that Kevins SModcast horror film TUSK was picked up for a theactrical debut this 2014 year. Smith and his counterpart Jason Mewes is known for their Cheech and Chong style comedy with characters Jay and Silent Bob, so does this mean we might see Bluntman and Chronic fighting the evil Krampus? Will best friends and co-star Ben Affleck and Matt Damon make an apperance? All I do know is audiences can expect Sex, Graphic and Gory Violence, multiple comic book refrences, and of course weed, weed, and more weed.
So now that TUSK is nearly done (we still have our Guy Lapointe scenes to shoot this month), the idea was to gear up for CLERKS 3. But then I started thinking “Isn’t that stepping backwards? Like literally?” While I love it with all of my heart, CLERKS is my past. It’s how I got started. And I’m just getting started again, after taking 3 years off, certain I was done making movies. TUSK represents something bold and new. No matter how bold I make it, CLERKS 3 will always have a number in the title. It will never be new. It will rock, I assure you, and it will be a worthy final installment in my mini-mart magnum opus. But it’s predicated on something I did a long time ago. I wanna keep moving forward. SModcast Pictures is becoming exactly that: we’re starting to make movies based on podcasts. TUSK was the first, and now COMES THE KRAMPUS will be next.
Since Kevin Smith has never dissapointed me before with his dozens of films hes made, I will give him a chance with these horror ideas, but PLEASE PLEASE Kevin come back to Clerks! We miss Dante, Randall, Jay and Silentbob. So “Snootch to the Nootch”-Jay and Silent Bob, and be sure to check out Tusk in theaters sometime this year, look out for Comes the Krampus this Christmas and keep watching for the Quick Stop sign in the window that says “We assure you, we’re Open.”
CLERKS 3 is still coming. I love the script so much, I’ll make it happen, I promise. But the muse (and the Mewes) is pulling me away from something old for the moment and pulling me toward something new. And when the muse whispers, I listen. When the Mewes whispers, it’s just kinda creepy. And he spells shit wrong – even though he’s just whispering and not writing-Kevin Smith in an interview with Reddit AM