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Kevin Smith’s ‘Clerks 3’ Script Is 137 Pages Long, Says It Will Be The ‘Empire Strikes Back’ Of The Series

Kevin Smith's 'Clerks 3' Script Is 137 Pages Long, Says It Will Be The 'Empire Strikes Back' Of The Series

After first teasing that “Clerks 3would be  a movie, and then saying that it might be a book, the vacillating Kevin Smith has gone ahead an finished the damn thing as a screenplay. But wait, there’s more….

“IT IS ACCOMPLISHED! First draft of CLERKS III is 137 pages,” he tweeted today. “Plays like the EMPIRE STRIKES BACK of the Clerks trilogy.” 

We’re not sure what that means, but Smith fans will doubtless be very excited for another outing with Dante and Randal (although it’s worth noting that the entire enterprise rests on whether or not the latter decides to come back, we’re inclined to think he will). Whether or not this actually gets made remains a whole other question of course.

Being a first draft, subsequent drafts will presumably jettison the fat to get it down to the lean 90-minutes that the previous instalments ran to….right? Because no one wants to see a two hour plus “Clerks” movie…do they? This is the same Smith whose hockey movie “Hit Somebody” went from being an already big, two movie project, into a six hour TV series so perhaps Brevity isn’t a quality that’s exercised in Smith’s latter day pre-“retirement” era.

Will “Clerks 3” get made? We’d have to guess that it probably will. They’re cheap, Harvey Weinstein and Kevin are contentious old pals, who will both be glad to make money together again, producing a “Clerks” movie is hardly a strain unless this suddenly has large-scale set-pieces. Plus the Weinsteins reacquired the “Clerks” rights a few years back so we suppose if they have a chance to exploit it again, they’ll want to.

So… hooray? We didn’t really need the second movie to be perfectly honest, so a third seems like it might lurch into overkill territory, but there are plenty of other folks who like these movies, so it’s good news for them at least. [Deadline]

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just got done watching clerks 2 for the millionth time. I can't see how everyone didn't enjoy this movie. I still to this day laugh my ass off when they make fun of silence of the lambs. cannot wait for part 3. wish there is room for a Mallrats sequel…..


Wow, a lot of you are really butt-hurt over something. Regardless of you assholes who couldn't make a movie better than even Jersey Girl, I am excited for Clerks 3. I'm looking forward to seeing how Trevor Fehrman is used, I thought both him and Jeff Anderson have a unique connection not seen in many buddy comedies anymore, ala Now You Know. I've been a fan of Fehrman's since Cheats in 2002. I've been following Smith since Clerks was released and I'm glad his final directorial film will be Clerks 3.

On a final note, you assholes who have never made films, show some fucking respect for people who have. If you don't like his films, fuck off.



Unfortunately Kevin Smith made a great first movie and has been living off that ever since. Chasing Amy was very good as was Red State but he has never really grown as a director creatively frozen in time to his first success. He was very good as an actor in "Catch and Release" maybe its time to change careers. If he makes Clerks 3 he might not have a choice.


Clerks II was one of the worst movies I ever saw. It took everything that was cool about indie film in the 90s and reduced it to a steaming pile of goat shit. And "The Empire" comment shows how bad of a writer he has become with age. Empire is clearly a second act. This is the third Clerks. My fear is the comment suggests he's making more.


Does anyone really want to see Clerks 3? Does Kevin Smith have any fanboys left?


Clerks II was beyond abysmal. Perhaps he views it as his 'Phantom Menace'…


Sounds like classic Kevin Smith pandering. Using 'Star Wars' to get his geek fans hearts a flutter. Weird, since making an "Empire Strikes Back" analogy makes no sense UNLESS if he's willing to end 'Clerks III' on a dark, ambiguous note….. which he won't.

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