As he does with most things, Kevin Smith used the internet to announce he’s completed the first draft of what will become, he says, his final movie, “Clerks III.” He posted a photo of the finished script, along with the clapperboard from his first movie, “Clerks,” to Instagram.
The photo is accompanied with the caption, “IT IS ACCOMPLISHED! First draft of ‘CLERKS III’ is 137 pages. Plays like the ‘EMPIRE STRIKES BACK’ of the ‘Clerks’ trilogy.” That’s a pretty long script for a comedy, but the number holds some significance to fans of Smith’s work. The number 37 has been referred to in just about each one of his movies.
Initially Smith said he grand plan for the movie was to use crowd-source funding to get it made, and he almost went through with launching a Kickstarter for the project in November. His stance has changed though. In an AMA on Reddit, Smith says, “I’m feeling like that’s not fair to real indie filmmakers who need the help. Unlike back when I made ‘CLERKS’ in ’91, I’ve GOT access to money now – so I should use that money and not suck any loot out of the crowd-funding marketplace that might otherwise go to some first-timer who can really use it.”
Instead, he plans to fund “Clerks III” himself, leaving crowd source funding to the “next generation” of indie filmmakers, which he hasn’t been part of since selling “Clerks” to Miramax in 1994.
Smith initially planned for his last film to be “Hit Somebody,” a hockey movie based on a Warren Zevon song. He announced earlier in the year, though, that that project would instead become a miniseries that will run on a network to be named later.
Is the world ready for “Clerks III”? Check out the script photo below: