Kevin Smith is finally returning to Quick Stop, as Lionsgate has just picked up the long-running comedy sequel Clerks III. The news was officially announced by the studio on Monday and the film has already started pre-production in New Jersey. Filming on the project will officially begin in August, and this must be good news for Smith after the indie legend spent many, many years trying to make the sequel.
As with the previous Employees films, Kevin smith wrote the script and will direct again Employees III. All the main cast members are on board to reprise their roles, including Jeff Anderson as Randal Graves, Brian O’Halloran as Dante Hicks, Jay Mewes as Jay, and Kevin Smith as Silent Bob. Rosario Dawson also takes it up again Employees 2 role as Becky for the sequel. Knowing Smith, there are likely to be many, many surprise appearances from other ViewAskewniverse characters as well.
Inspired by Smith’s own heart attack in real life, Employees III follows Randal after the sarcastic employee suffers a massive heart attack that nearly costs him his life. With a new perspective on life after his survival, Randal recruits fellow employees Dante, Elias, Jay, and Silent Bob to make a movie that will immortalize his life at the convenience store that started it all. It’s almost meta with the film’s employees making a movie about being employees, something Smith had done in real life early in his career.
In a statement, Smith said: “There is a saying from the Tao that goes something like ‘To be great is to continue. To continue is to go far. To go far is to return.’ Thanks to Lionsgate, we can go back to where it all began with almost all the cast that started it all! And for the first time since we first made a movie in 1993, we’re shooting the entire movie on location in New Jersey, as an ode both to the enduring charm of cinema and to the wit and insanity of its storytellers. Years ago Dante and Randal made me a filmmaker, so now is the time to return the favor. “
Eda Kowan, Executive Vice President of Acquisitions and Co-productions at Lionsgate, added: “The Employees Movies are audience favorites and many of Kevin’s movies, such as Dogma, Red state, Y Jay and Silent Bob reboot They are a beloved part of our library that continues to delight devoted Kevin fans. We are delighted to present the next chapter in the Clerks saga to moviegoers around the world. “
Eda Kowan acquired the project and will oversee Employees III for Lionsgate after negotiating the studio deal with Grace Duplissea and Kaycee Holcomb. Destro and Jackie Eckhouse of Sloss Law negotiated the deal on behalf of Kevin Smith and the producers.
Lionsgate has yet to set an official release date for Employees III, but production will officially begin in August. Meanwhile, Smith’s next project is about to launch on Netflix. An animated continuation of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, The new Smith series Masters of the Universe: Revelation It will debut on July 23. This news comes to us from Lionsgate.
Topics: Clerks 3, Clerks