The proof is in the pudding, as they say! After months of Twitter banter with fans, Kevin Smith has finally pulled the big reveal. If you’ve long been a follower of Clerks I and II, the franchise that kickstarted his career as a writer / director, you’re bound to be ecstatic by this news. After a few years of growing the SMODcast empire and directing studio fare Cop Out and the successful Zack and Miri Make a Porno, Smith is returning to the characters that started it all.
Taking to his Twitter account, he announced the following yesterday along with the image pictured above:
IT IS ACCOMPLISHED! First draft of CLERKS III is 137 pages. Plays like the EMPIRE STRIKES BACK of the… instagram.com/p/ZQR3qqxywh/
— KevinSmith (@ThatKevinSmith) May 13, 2013
It’s been seven years since we last saw Dante, Randal, Jay and Silent Bob on screen together. Personally, I’d be happy to see another installment that would complete an unofficial trilogy. The Clerks series is the culmination of what makes Smith’s style of filmmaking so confident, hilarious and relaxed. He gets his friends together and they shoot some scenes that make them laugh. The humour may be crude, but in the midst of shocking & awing his audiences, endearment and friendship keep the train rolling forward at a hefty pace.
Of course, it’ll be at least another year before we hear of this film going into production, if the studios decide to pick it up. It’s unclear whether he’s writing this on-spec, but I’m sure that will be announced soon enough. Clerks II was made with a production budget of $5 million, and by the time it left theatres in 2006, it had grossed approx. $27 million.