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Kevin Smith may release Clerks 3 as a novel instead of a movie

Feb. 18, 2013by: Alex Maidy

Kevin Smith has been touting the possibility of CLERKS III for a while now, most recently saying he wanted to retire after making it. But, things may have changed as the famed director has now stated CLERKS may continue in a wholly different format. Having been a movie, an animated series, and a comic book, what else is left for the saga of Randall, Dante, Jay, and Silent Bob? How about a novel?

Now, he said, he would prefer to write a book based on the two central Clerks characters, releasing it chapter by chapter. I get to go inside the characters heads, tell Year One origin stories where the first chapter is Dante and Randall meeting in kindergarten, all the stuff I cant do in a movie, Smith said. Thats what I want to do, because Im a stoner. I want to investigate the inner life of every character, and I cant do that in 90 minutes with a film.

Smith further explained he would like to release the book chapter by chapter, changing the scope and direction of the story as he goes to allow for fans to influence the final product. Is this new idea as a result of difficulty finding funding for a third CLERKS movie?

He said a movie would be the ultimate expression of Clerks 3. The money will always be there if I do it as a feature, but if I want to get real creative, Id break it down (into smaller pieces) and do it online. Moving beyond a book form would, however, mean that hed need to involve collaborators such as co-star Jason Mewes, who was participating in the panel by relaying questions from online audience members posted through Twitter.

I like the idea of a novel exploring Smith's New Jersey characters, maybe even bringing in folks from CHASING AMY or MALLRATS as well since a novel would allow for the characters played by the same actor on screen to coexist in a new story. Love him or hate him, Kevin Smith would certainly be a voice to help the ailing publishing industry since I would assume the online release model would work at first with a compiled, printed book would follow once completed.

What do you think? Should CLERKS III exist as a book, movie, or not at all?

Source: Deadline

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10:09AM on 02/19/2013
NO MOVIE??? that blows...
BUUUUUUUU
NO MOVIE??? that blows...
BUUUUUUUU
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2:27AM on 02/19/2013
Not really that interested in a year by year account of the lives of these two characters. I still love Clerks, Clerks 2 not so much, and would have wanted a 3rd film, but its Smith's universe and he's free to explore the characters anyway he wishes
Not really that interested in a year by year account of the lives of these two characters. I still love Clerks, Clerks 2 not so much, and would have wanted a 3rd film, but its Smith's universe and he's free to explore the characters anyway he wishes
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2:03AM on 02/19/2013
Stoners don't read & they would use the pages for rolling papers, don't be so lazy Smith & just make the damn movie.
Stoners don't read & they would use the pages for rolling papers, don't be so lazy Smith & just make the damn movie.
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1:37AM on 02/19/2013

You can't be serious?

What a fucking joke. Take your shitty fucking movies and crawl back into the podcast hole with the last remnants of your mouth-breathing troglodytic acolytes you overexposed and under-talented douchebag.
What a fucking joke. Take your shitty fucking movies and crawl back into the podcast hole with the last remnants of your mouth-breathing troglodytic acolytes you overexposed and under-talented douchebag.
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9:04PM on 02/18/2013

Smith assumes . . .

. . . that his target audience for any kind of "Clerks 3 " experience actually reads books.
. . . that his target audience for any kind of "Clerks 3 " experience actually reads books.
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5:31PM on 02/18/2013
This is good news. Clerks 2 was perfect and needs no follow-up.
This is good news. Clerks 2 was perfect and needs no follow-up.
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8:46PM on 02/18/2013
Too true.
Too true.
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5:27PM on 02/18/2013
I hope he does something already. I will always be a fan of Smith but my biggest problem with him is he hypes everything to death making very public plans for all his ideas and then hits the podcast circuit, hits the radio stations, hits the live shows, hits twitter, hitting every single form of communication talking about his plans for this or that project and then next week changes his mind and scraps that idea. Just put up or shut up, dude and this is from a die hard fan.
I hope he does something already. I will always be a fan of Smith but my biggest problem with him is he hypes everything to death making very public plans for all his ideas and then hits the podcast circuit, hits the radio stations, hits the live shows, hits twitter, hitting every single form of communication talking about his plans for this or that project and then next week changes his mind and scraps that idea. Just put up or shut up, dude and this is from a die hard fan.
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1:42AM on 02/19/2013
My biggest problem with him is that his movies are witless, amateurish dogshit. His relentless self-promotion doesn't help though, you are correct.
My biggest problem with him is that his movies are witless, amateurish dogshit. His relentless self-promotion doesn't help though, you are correct.
5:07PM on 02/18/2013
Sounds good!
The catch is they are only going to print one copy and you have to pay six hundred bucks to read it and Smith is going to drive it around the country personally to deliver it while making a documentary.
Sounds good!
The catch is they are only going to print one copy and you have to pay six hundred bucks to read it and Smith is going to drive it around the country personally to deliver it while making a documentary.
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5:00PM on 02/18/2013
I've wanted the View Askewniverse to go into novel form for years now. The closest we got were the three Clerks comic books and the Jay & Silent Bob mini series. There was a time where I thought Kevin Smith would be able to do both Clerks 3 and these books but now it seems like its one or the other for him. Not to be cute but Clerks 3 as a fan-noted internet experience just sounds wrong to me. I want to see Dante & Randal's last day on the big screen where it belongs. I think the biggest reason
I've wanted the View Askewniverse to go into novel form for years now. The closest we got were the three Clerks comic books and the Jay & Silent Bob mini series. There was a time where I thought Kevin Smith would be able to do both Clerks 3 and these books but now it seems like its one or the other for him. Not to be cute but Clerks 3 as a fan-noted internet experience just sounds wrong to me. I want to see Dante & Randal's last day on the big screen where it belongs. I think the biggest reason for his decision to try and not go studio is because of a falling out he had with the Weinsteins over the arbitration (deciding who got paid properly for what) of Clerks II. Either way I hope everyone figures it out in time for Clerks 20 year anniversary next year.
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4:36PM on 02/18/2013
What is it with this fucking guy!? Goddammit!
What is it with this fucking guy!? Goddammit!
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3:50PM on 02/18/2013

Stage

What ever happened to the Clerks 3 being a stage show? I'm from the same area as Kevin Smith and done a few plays at a local theater that he did casting in for the first movie (i even acted with some actors from the first film). So a stage play to premier either somewhere in Jersey or in New York would seem like a safe and smart move. Leaving it to a novel seems lazy. And having the fans input is a bad idea as well. They will demand more classic character and it will be such a mess that fans
What ever happened to the Clerks 3 being a stage show? I'm from the same area as Kevin Smith and done a few plays at a local theater that he did casting in for the first movie (i even acted with some actors from the first film). So a stage play to premier either somewhere in Jersey or in New York would seem like a safe and smart move. Leaving it to a novel seems lazy. And having the fans input is a bad idea as well. They will demand more classic character and it will be such a mess that fans will hate the final product, even though Smith thinks thats what they want.
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3:15PM on 02/18/2013

Good

Great. The less Smith clogging up the movies the better.
Great. The less Smith clogging up the movies the better.
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3:10PM on 02/18/2013
I used to love Smith but now I cant stand him
I used to love Smith but now I cant stand him
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2:59PM on 02/18/2013
Kevin Smith is an annoying prick. Why can't this guy just go away. And on top of that he has not had a good movie in like 15 years. Go crawl back in a hole somewhere.
Kevin Smith is an annoying prick. Why can't this guy just go away. And on top of that he has not had a good movie in like 15 years. Go crawl back in a hole somewhere.
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2:55PM on 02/18/2013
i don't believe anything any writer/director says until they're actually in principal photography
i don't believe anything any writer/director says until they're actually in principal photography
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2:49PM on 02/18/2013
Translation:

Jeff Anderson said no to the movie and Clerks 3 is all he has left that anyone would care about...
Translation:

Jeff Anderson said no to the movie and Clerks 3 is all he has left that anyone would care about...
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3:05PM on 02/18/2013
i thought the same thing when I first read the title of the article.
i thought the same thing when I first read the title of the article.
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