Kevin Smith Talks Clerks 3

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For those of you not privy to industry moves, previously defunct Miramax has partnered with The Weinstein Company and the duo have announced plans to make sequels to many of Miramax's catalog films. It's somewhat ironic that Miramax, which was founded by brothers and power producers Bob and Harvey Weinstein, has come limping back to its original owners after they left in 2003. Among the slate tossed around by the new partnership was another sequel to Clerks.

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This was apparently news to Clerks and Clerks II director Kevin Smith, who responded, "I guess if someone was going to exploit the library for sequels, remakes, tv, I’d rather it be the devil I know. Nice to know there’s a home for ‘Clerks III’ if I ever wanted to make it, but hope it doesn’t become a home for a Clerks-anything if I’m not involved." His words seem to echo Joss Whedon's feelings surrounding the proposed Buffy the Vampire Slayer reboot. Hit the jump for more!

While Smith professes that he's not involved in any new sequel plans, he points out that the Weinsteins now own the right to produce a sequel to many of his earlier films, but they'd have to be made without some of his most lovable characters.

“Of course. I sold the movie to them in 1994. But I guess if someone was going to exploit the library for sequels, remakes, tv, I’d rather it be the devil I know. Nice to know there’s a home for ‘Clerks III’ if I ever wanted to make it, but hope it doesn’t become a home for a Clerks-anything if I’m not involved. Either way, I doubt my shit is even something they wanna re-do/remake. They own ‘Clerks’, ‘Chasing Amy’, ‘Jersey Girl’ and ‘Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back’. But then it’s further complicated by the Jay & Silent Bob of it all. They don’t own Jay & Silent Bob; I do. They own ‘Strike Back’, but they can’t make any flick that’d include Jay & Silent Bob (even a ‘Strike Back’ sequel) without my permission/license.

The only flick they own free & clear of me with no ties whatsoever, is ‘Jersey Girl’. And from personal experience, there’s little to no interest in a sequel or remake, unless it opens with JLo’s dead Mom busting out of her earthen grave, trampling her only begotten daughter’s copy of a Necronomicon as she eats her brains. If they wanna do THAT ‘Jersey Girl’ sequel, I’m totally in. But honestly, all those flicks are theirs to do with as they will. I can’t (and won’t) complain. At least the Guardians of Ga’Harvey are still in place, looking out for the dopey little (f)art flicks I made so long ago.”

While I don't think we need any sequels to any of Smith's films so far, that Jersey Girl/Evil Dead mashup would be rather hilarious. Seeing as how we're about to take a gander at Smith's first foray into horror with Red State, maybe one day we'll actually get it!

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Kevin Smith was born in Red Bank, New Jersey and attended Henry Hudson Regional High School.  After high school, Smith went to The New School in New York and the later to the Vancouver Film School, where he met View Askew co-founder Scott Mosier.  However, Smith dropped out of the Vancouver Film School in order to take a partial tuition reimbursement to help finance his first film, Clerks.

Clerks, which was written and directed by Smith, was shot for a total of $27,575 in the same convenience store that Smith worked for at the time.  The movie went on to win the Filmmaker's Trophy at Sundance Film Festival and picked up by Miramx.  Clerks was the first movie released by Kevin Smith and Scott Mosier's production company, View Askew.  It was also the first movie in Smith's "View Askewniverse," a universe that has recurring characters and locations that Smith uses throughout seveal of his movies.

Smith's second film, Mallrats, did not do well with the critics and failed in the theaters, despite being released on 500 screens.  However, Mallrats marked the second View Askewniverse movie and did well on DVD.  Plus Smith has been quoted as saying it was "a six million dollar casting call for Chasing Amy."

Chasing Amy was Smith's third film and was both a critical and financial success.  Amy starred Mallrats alumns Ben Affleck, Joey Lauren Adams, and Jason Lee and took place in the View Askewniverse.

Smith's fourth venture, Dogma, was a star-studded flick that stirred up controversy with the Catholic league.  It marked the fourth View Askewniverse film and was a financial success.

Smith made his fifth movie, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back in what was meant to be his final View Askewniverse movie, retiring our cast of beloved characters.  Although it didn't receive favorable reviews it was still a financial success.

Smith's sixth movie and first non-View Askewniverse movie was Jersey Girl starring Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez post the disaster known as Gigli.  For obvious reasons this movie was not a financial success.

Smith would return to the View Askewniverse for his seventh movie, Clerks II, a movie that would again be a financial success.

Smith's next return to the directing and writing chair will be with the upcoming Zack and Miri Make a Porno due out October 31st, 2008.

As an actor, Smith plays Silent Bob in all the View Askewniverse movies as well as a cameo in Scream 3.  He has also had small roles in Now You Know, Daredevil, Catch and Release, Live Free or Die Hard and Southland Tales.

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