Kevin Smith says the first trailer for Clerks 3 should arrive in May. Smith kicked off his career in 1994 with the classic indie comedy Clerks and is now returning for one more trip down to the Quick Stop.
Writer-director and Silent Bob actor Smith of course will be joined on his return to the View Askewniverse by the cast of regulars from Clerks, including Jason Mewes as his perpetual on-screen partner Jay as well as Dante (Brian O’Halloran) and Randal (Jeff Anderson). And naturally Rosario Dawson will also be back as Becky after joining the gang in Clerks II. This trip to the Quick Stop figures to be more poignant than the others however, as the plot concerns Randal surviving a heart attack – something that has deep meaning for Smith who survived his own heart attack in 2018. After making it through his heart episode alive, Randal asks Dante to help him make a movie about their time together as convenience store clerks, a development that figures to give Clerks III a meta-movie quality.
Never shy about offering updates about his own projects, Smith just took to Instagram to share a happy piece of news for his fans, announcing that Clerks III is locked and has been delivered to Lionsgate and saying that a trailer should arrive in mid-May. See his post in the space below:
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It should indeed be fascinating to see footage from Clerks III as Smith went to great lengths to recreate scenes from the original film as part of his meta-cinematic vision. Smith also joked recently about the third Clerks having more VFX shots than the original Star Wars, a commentary on the reality of today’s digital filmmaking process and how subtle computer manipulation of the image is now the norm.
Things have indeed changed a lot for movies and for Smith himself since Clerks came along in 1994. When that movie was released, Smith was immediately catapulted to indie darling status and soon embarked on a run of films including Chasing Amy and Dogma that saw him winning critical acclaim. Now Smith is something of an indie elder statesman and all-around pop culture commentator whose actual film work often seems like a secondary consideration. It’s also true that a lot of Smith’s signature stoner humor feels a bit outdated in the relatively sensitive world of 2022. Of course Smith maintains a strong fan following, and it was these fans he no doubt had in mind as he embarked upon a third movie in what is now officially the Clerks trilogy. Clerks 3 does not yet have a release date but should come out some time in 2022.
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