It’s the best birthday for Kevin Smith, who just started filming the long-awaited sequel Clerks III. In 1994, Smith launched his film career with the release of the original Employees, his directorial debut based on his life as a convenience store clerk. Recently, it was announced that Lionsgate had officially picked up Employees III with filming scheduled to begin in August. On August 2, which turned out to be Smith’s 51st birthday, filming officially began.

“Grateful Undead: Today is my last day of 50 years”, Kevin smith he said on Twitter the day before filming began. “I’m turning 51 tomorrow when we start shooting Employees III – a sequel to a movie I dreamed of making 30 years ago, when I saw Richard Linklater’s masterpiece Vague for the first time on the night of my 21st birthday. “

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Employees III is written and directed by Smith, who also reprises the role of Silent Bob as one of many returning original characters. The sequel also stars Jeff Anderson as Randal Graves, Brian O’Halloran as Dante Hicks, Jay Mewes as Jay, Rosario Dawson as Becky, Marilyn Ghigliotti as Veronica, and Trevor Fehrman as Elias. Given Smith’s fondness for Easter eggs, we are likely to see many other familiar faces as well.

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The sequel has taken years to make, as Anderson was not interested in reprising the role of Randal after Employees II was released in 2006. Smith has long argued that there is no point in making a Employees movie without Randal, so the project seemed to be a toast after a certain point. Things turned around when Smith was inspired to write an entirely new Randal-centric story that was based on the filmmaker’s own real-life heart attack.

Employees III It will continue with Randal surviving a heart attack and developing a new perspective on life. Also inspired by reality, Randal and Dante make a Quick Stop movie about their lives as employees, much like Smith had done in the early 1990s after seeing it. Vague. The idea for Dante and Randal to document their work on Quick Stop was initially conceived as an animated continuation of Employees: The Animated Series that was never done.

“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 started with almost the entire cast that started it all! Smith said in a press release. narrators’ madness. Years ago, Dante and Randal made me a filmmaker, so now is the time to return the favor. “

Lionsgate has yet to announce an official release date for Employees III. Filming is already underway in New Jersey. This news comes to us from Kevin Smith on Twitter.

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