Back in 2017 when Kevin Smith shared that he had written a sequel to Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, he also mentioned that the long discussed Clerks IIIwas dead due to one of the four leads opting out. It was eventually revealed that the lead who opted out was Jeff Anderson, who played Randal Graves in the first two movies.
But now, with Jay and Silent Bob Reboot set to release soon, Smith has announced that Clerks III is back from the dead with the cast, including Anderson, set to return. Smith made the announcement on social media, which you can see below.
Filmmaker Kevin Smith posted to his social media accounts today that he survived a “massive” heart attack last night after his stand-up performance at the Alex Theatre in Glendale, CA.
The 47-year-old filmmaker, best known for writing and directing Clerks and Chasing Amy, as well as starring in said films as the latter part of stoner duo Jay and Silent Bob, wrote that he went to the hospital after feeling ill after the first of two planned shows for the night. After cancelling his second performance to seek medical treatment, Smith said that the doctors discovered that he had had a “massive heart attack” with 100% blockage of the LAD artery, aka “the Widow-Maker.”
See below to read Smith’s full Facebook post, where he describes his ordeal and gives his thoughts about this near-death experience.
The last four movies that Kevin Smith has worked on as a director—Red State, Tusk, Holidays, and most recently Yoga Hosers—have all been horror movies or have had horror elements. Much different from the comedies and dramedies set in the “View Askewniverse” he’s best known for, such as Clerks, Mallrats, and Dogma. He’s also been involved in a couple of TV shows on The CW recently, directing a couple of episodes of both The Flash and Supergirl.
There’s been talk here and there of returning to his Askewniverse again for Clerks III, a world he hasn’t visited since 2006’s Clerks II. But now Smith has revealed that Clerks III is dead and he’s turned his attention to the most familiar part of the Askewniverse, Jay and Silent Bob, who he’s written a new movie for. Find out what it’s about below.
Is a sequel to the 1995 comedy favorite Mallrats now in our future? It’s not yet known for sure, but director Kevin Smith has teased the possibility of it happening eventually.
Smith took the Twitter to share what his current schedule of movies to make looks like—a mixture of comedies and the horror he’s been making more lately—including Clerks III, Hit Somebody, and Moose Jaws before finally dropping the tiny Mallrats 2 tease.
As most of you may have heard by now, Kevin Smith had planned to end his directing career with the hockey movie Hit Somebody. Then we found out that Hit Somebody would now become a miniseries, and that Clerks IIIwould fittingly become his final directorial effort.
Now Smith has added to that news, sharing that he hopes to have the trilogy-maker ready for a 2014 release—for the 20th anniversary of the release of his first directorial effort, Clerks, back in 1994—and that he may even be willing to make the third film for around the same price as the original…a whopping $27,000.