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The Weinsteins have passed on financing Kevin Smith's Clerks 3

07.07.2014

Kevin Smith and The Weinsteins have a long and storied relationship going back to Miramax releasing the original CLERKS back in 1994. Since then, almost all of Kevin Smith's films have been financed and released by the various companies the Weinsteins have been a part of. That is, until now it seems.

Smith told Screen Daily that after turning in the completed screenplay to Harvey Weinstein, he was given the bad news.

"[The Weinsteins] passed. I went in with a $6m budget and they were, like, ‘Oh no Kevin, this is too high’. Bob offered us distribution but they weren’t going to finance it,"

While CLERKS was a surprise hit made on a micro-budget and CLERKS II grossed $24 million on a $5 million budget, Smith's other recent films have not fared well at the box office. Smith surely has the ability to go the IndieGoGo or Kickstarter route like fellow filmmakers Spike Lee and Zach Braff, but otherwise he may not get it made. Fans hoping for a cap to the CLERKS series may be in for some disappointment as the Weinsteins have exclusive rights to release CLERKS III and could prevent it from seeing the light of day.

Smith's next film, TUSK, however is moving towards a release date and Smith already has a spin-off prepared. Titled YOGA-HOSERS, the spin-off will follow a pair of tangental characters seen only for a few minutes in TUSK as they get their own film. Smith described the pair as a very Rosencrantz and Guilderstern pairing, referencing the famous Shakespearean comic relief.

TUSK currently has no release date but expect it to hit theaters late this year or next year. As for CLERKS 3, who knows?

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4:40PM on 07/08/2014
Meh! I don't really care to be honest. I don't think his movies are anything special. Don't get me wrong I do enjoy watching his movies. But Clerks never really screamed franchise to me, so it's not a big deal if a third one gets made. Besides, the guy has seemed happier to cash in on his name by being the "Hollywood Fanboy" lately, didn't think he was interested in making movies anymore.

If he does end up making Clerks 3, I think he should go back to his roots and make it with less
Meh! I don't really care to be honest. I don't think his movies are anything special. Don't get me wrong I do enjoy watching his movies. But Clerks never really screamed franchise to me, so it's not a big deal if a third one gets made. Besides, the guy has seemed happier to cash in on his name by being the "Hollywood Fanboy" lately, didn't think he was interested in making movies anymore.

If he does end up making Clerks 3, I think he should go back to his roots and make it with less than a $1,000,000. Considering how Clerks 2 ends with them going back to to the Quick Stop, it would make sense to do that movie with the cheap production value like in the original. Kind of a roundabout way of telling the "trilogy no one asked for".
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3:49PM on 07/08/2014

That's weird...

Because in the talk he gave about visiting the Star Wars set, he mentioned how "of COURSE" the Weinsteins weren't going to finance Clerks, and how he prefers to self-fund his films now and only rely on the Weinsteins for distribution. So unless the Weinsteins have also pulled out of distributing the film, I'm not entirely sure what's changed here
Because in the talk he gave about visiting the Star Wars set, he mentioned how "of COURSE" the Weinsteins weren't going to finance Clerks, and how he prefers to self-fund his films now and only rely on the Weinsteins for distribution. So unless the Weinsteins have also pulled out of distributing the film, I'm not entirely sure what's changed here
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12:53PM on 07/08/2014
I'm probably going to be in the minority for this one but I'm kind of glad. I haven't been a fan of the guy for a long time. I honestly know he's talented but I really wish he would just go away for a while. I'm in that group where I see him as making fan boys look bad.
I'm probably going to be in the minority for this one but I'm kind of glad. I haven't been a fan of the guy for a long time. I honestly know he's talented but I really wish he would just go away for a while. I'm in that group where I see him as making fan boys look bad.
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12:24PM on 07/08/2014

Kevin Smith is done and done

CLERKS 2 was okay but it didn't thrill me, but RED STATE was a pathetic homage to the Coen Brothers and Quentin Tarantino. I'm not surprised the Weinsteins have gotten off the Smith Train; he's become more celebrity hound than director.
CLERKS 2 was okay but it didn't thrill me, but RED STATE was a pathetic homage to the Coen Brothers and Quentin Tarantino. I'm not surprised the Weinsteins have gotten off the Smith Train; he's become more celebrity hound than director.
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11:38AM on 07/08/2014
Seriously the dude has been in the business for a long time, with all his project you are telling me he doesn't have $6M himself to finance this? Loser.
Seriously the dude has been in the business for a long time, with all his project you are telling me he doesn't have $6M himself to finance this? Loser.
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11:07AM on 07/08/2014
I still think DOGMA is the best religion-themed movie of the past two decades. Funny (and yes, gross at the same time) but with some real invetive and brave ideas. What happened to THAT Kevin Smith?

Still, I hope he makes Clreks III.
I still think DOGMA is the best religion-themed movie of the past two decades. Funny (and yes, gross at the same time) but with some real invetive and brave ideas. What happened to THAT Kevin Smith?

Still, I hope he makes Clreks III.
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11:03AM on 07/08/2014
I laughed a lot during Clerks 2, so the thought of a Clerks 3 has me excited. It seems when writing these characters, Smith is his most comfortable. While I'd rather see Smith branch out to do other projects and end his continuous fart and vagina jokes, Clerks 3 has potential.
I laughed a lot during Clerks 2, so the thought of a Clerks 3 has me excited. It seems when writing these characters, Smith is his most comfortable. While I'd rather see Smith branch out to do other projects and end his continuous fart and vagina jokes, Clerks 3 has potential.
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10:55AM on 07/08/2014
Odd. I'd give him $6 mill to do this if I had it. I feel confident it would at least make its $ back. But I really disliked the second one.
Odd. I'd give him $6 mill to do this if I had it. I feel confident it would at least make its $ back. But I really disliked the second one.
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8:39AM on 07/08/2014

Bum deal

I know there has been a lot of negative feelings toward Smith in recent years. While I haven't quite jumped on that band wagon, I have actually had no interest in any of his podcast films. However, I have had a general enthusiasm for the possibility of Clerks 3. I considered Smith one of my favorite filmmakers for a long time due in large part to the View Akewniverse. In wake of recent films, I no longer feel that way but I still would like Clerks 3 to see the light of day. There's no
I know there has been a lot of negative feelings toward Smith in recent years. While I haven't quite jumped on that band wagon, I have actually had no interest in any of his podcast films. However, I have had a general enthusiasm for the possibility of Clerks 3. I considered Smith one of my favorite filmmakers for a long time due in large part to the View Akewniverse. In wake of recent films, I no longer feel that way but I still would like Clerks 3 to see the light of day. There's no doubt in my mind that it will happen. Hopefully he finds an alternative method to fund his film other than KickStarter or IndieGoGo because I am not a supporter of celebrities using those sites.
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5:36AM on 07/08/2014

Smith fell out with the Weinstein's a few years ago!

I don't know who started it but Smith did criticize Harvey while promoting Red State so it's no wonder they've passed on it.
I don't know who started it but Smith did criticize Harvey while promoting Red State so it's no wonder they've passed on it.
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4:32AM on 07/08/2014

fat wank

good!
i grew out of liking kevin smith films when i turned 20,.
good!
i grew out of liking kevin smith films when i turned 20,.
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4:13AM on 07/08/2014

Woohoo! An article about K.S. regarding a PROJECT he's involved in!

Or trying to get off the ground, but still.
I don't want to hear anymore "Kevin Smith sucked Affleck's dick and said it tasted like salty strawberries" or "Kevin Smith shed a tear when he heard about a Jedi being in the latest S.W."
Yaaay!
Or trying to get off the ground, but still.
I don't want to hear anymore "Kevin Smith sucked Affleck's dick and said it tasted like salty strawberries" or "Kevin Smith shed a tear when he heard about a Jedi being in the latest S.W."
Yaaay!
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2:18AM on 07/08/2014

I Would Fund It

Clerks III needs to happen. Kevin Smith, if you're reading this, know that Clerks III could be easily funded in days. I really want to see this film or at least the graphic novel.

Would also love more of the animated series. The new Jay & Silent Bob cartoon movie, not so much.
Clerks III needs to happen. Kevin Smith, if you're reading this, know that Clerks III could be easily funded in days. I really want to see this film or at least the graphic novel.

Would also love more of the animated series. The new Jay & Silent Bob cartoon movie, not so much.
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2:08AM on 07/08/2014
Did the guy who writes dick and fart jokes really compare his writing to William Shakespeare?
Did the guy who writes dick and fart jokes really compare his writing to William Shakespeare?
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6:06AM on 07/08/2014
No, so learn to fucking read.
No, so learn to fucking read.
2:05AM on 07/08/2014
I have a very juvenile sense of humor, but even I can't stand Kevin Smith comedies. Or whatever character driven drama he is trying to pass his shit off as... So I was never going to see this. And with Kevin news every fucking day over comments about Batman and Star Wars, I'm so god damn sick of him... his stupid 90s style glasses and his hockey shirts... so, being the mean fuck head that I am, I was very happy to hear that he is having trouble with his awful Clerks saga. But he'll get it made.
I have a very juvenile sense of humor, but even I can't stand Kevin Smith comedies. Or whatever character driven drama he is trying to pass his shit off as... So I was never going to see this. And with Kevin news every fucking day over comments about Batman and Star Wars, I'm so god damn sick of him... his stupid 90s style glasses and his hockey shirts... so, being the mean fuck head that I am, I was very happy to hear that he is having trouble with his awful Clerks saga. But he'll get it made. And when he does, I don't have to see it. Everyone wins. But in the mean time, fuck off Kevin.
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11:30PM on 07/07/2014
You know, Clerks 3 might have wound up being the worst movie in the history of mankind. I don't care. Smith has made them millions of dollars and a little reciprocity would have been fair. Clerks 3 might not have made them a bajillion dollars, but it wouldn't have been a loss. Ridiculous.
You know, Clerks 3 might have wound up being the worst movie in the history of mankind. I don't care. Smith has made them millions of dollars and a little reciprocity would have been fair. Clerks 3 might not have made them a bajillion dollars, but it wouldn't have been a loss. Ridiculous.
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12:19AM on 07/08/2014
True.
True.
2:11AM on 07/08/2014
I never got that argument. That just 'cos you have a prior working relationship, you should finance crap as charity... Fuck that.

Makes as much sense as saying "hey, Kevin Smith, you have a net woryh of 25million, so why don't you pay for the movie yourself."

It's business, people.
I never got that argument. That just 'cos you have a prior working relationship, you should finance crap as charity... Fuck that.

Makes as much sense as saying "hey, Kevin Smith, you have a net woryh of 25million, so why don't you pay for the movie yourself."

It's business, people.
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11:11PM on 07/07/2014
Poor Smith. He's become Troy Duffy. Just not as douchey as that guy is. With that being said, I was really hoping for Clerks 3 as the View Askewniverse Smith films are the only ones I really enjoy. And I was also hoping it was his official last. Maybe buddy Ben can help him out. And on that note, just for shits and giggles-- Can you imagine an Affleck directed Clerks or Jay and Silent Bob movie? And just for even more shits and giggles-- Can you imagine Matt and Ben in the titular roles for
Poor Smith. He's become Troy Duffy. Just not as douchey as that guy is. With that being said, I was really hoping for Clerks 3 as the View Askewniverse Smith films are the only ones I really enjoy. And I was also hoping it was his official last. Maybe buddy Ben can help him out. And on that note, just for shits and giggles-- Can you imagine an Affleck directed Clerks or Jay and Silent Bob movie? And just for even more shits and giggles-- Can you imagine Matt and Ben in the titular roles for that Jay and Bob movie? A Schmoeman can dream can't he?
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11:07PM on 07/07/2014
I get the impression that the script wasn't up to par, in which case maybe it's better that this one doesn't get made. Clerks 2 was decent, but not good enough where I'd want a 3rd one. I'd rather he keep doing new stuff than sequels anyway.
I get the impression that the script wasn't up to par, in which case maybe it's better that this one doesn't get made. Clerks 2 was decent, but not good enough where I'd want a 3rd one. I'd rather he keep doing new stuff than sequels anyway.
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11:02PM on 07/07/2014
JoBlo has declared today official Kevin Smith day! I don't hate him, I think he's quite interesting to listen to especially on a podcast like Fatman on Batman and I admire his geekiness and passion but he's one of those people who should perhaps take a backseat once in a while.
JoBlo has declared today official Kevin Smith day! I don't hate him, I think he's quite interesting to listen to especially on a podcast like Fatman on Batman and I admire his geekiness and passion but he's one of those people who should perhaps take a backseat once in a while.
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11:01PM on 07/07/2014

kickstarter

Callin it now, this will lead to smith starting a kickstarter as the only way for this film to be made. Which may be a shame if it happens since it's the only way to see Jeff Anderson kick ass as Randal
Callin it now, this will lead to smith starting a kickstarter as the only way for this film to be made. Which may be a shame if it happens since it's the only way to see Jeff Anderson kick ass as Randal
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10:43PM on 07/07/2014
May`be less time speaking about other peoples movies and more time worrying about his own.
May`be less time speaking about other peoples movies and more time worrying about his own.
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10:22PM on 07/07/2014
Just leave Clerks alone. Give it up, Smith! You're done!
Just leave Clerks alone. Give it up, Smith! You're done!
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9:41PM on 07/07/2014
Whatever. I thought Clerks 2 was a good, satisfying sequel that gave us fans an awesome ending to the Clerks saga.
Whatever. I thought Clerks 2 was a good, satisfying sequel that gave us fans an awesome ending to the Clerks saga.
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12:51AM on 07/08/2014
I agree completely. I still want this to happen though.
I agree completely. I still want this to happen though.
4:29AM on 07/08/2014
lol
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