Kevin Smith’s Original Clerks 3 Script Was VERY Different
Exclusive: Kevin Smith has shared details of his alternate original script for Clerks 3, teasing a very different sequel set in a movie theater.
Exclusive: Kevin Smith has shared details of his various original scripts for Clerk III, teasing a very different sequel set in a movie theater. Smith’s next film reunites the director with Brian O’Halloran and Jeff Anderson, returning as store clerks Dante Hicks and Randal Graves. Clerk III is set to release on September 13, 2022.
Almost 28 years since their character’s debut, Clerk III sees store clerks Dante and Randal return to the Quick Stop, along with Rosario Dawson’s Becky Scott, Trevor Fehrman’s Elias Grover, and stoner duo Jay and Silent Bob of Smith and Jason Mewe. While the characters have returned to their typical daily lives, a heart attack forces Randal to reconsider his life choices and inspires him to finally make a film chronicling his life and that of Dante. With Clerk III Recreating moments from Smith’s first film, the sequel promises to be a passionate reflection on and celebration of Smith’s career and his passion for filmmaking. However, the writer and director revealed that the film had a drastically different setting in the original script.
In an exclusive interview with Screen RantSmith revealed that the version of Clerk III that he ultimately filmed differed significantly from his original script developed several years ago. While the director said a handful of moments and lines from the initial version made it into his final script, the original film featured a drastically different setting, where the cast would have instead moved to a movie theater rather than return to quick stop. Smith, however, revealed that he felt the final version of the film was closer to what the sequel should have been, in his eyes. Check out Smith’s response below.
“There was a version of Clerks III that I had written years ago that we hadn’t done. I picked up a few jokes from [it] and s–t, but the structure of this one was completely different. It didn’t come to a quick stop at all; took place outside of a movie theater the entire time. So it turned out much closer to what it needed to be.”
While the third film had a long history of development throughout the 2010s, Smith revealed what convinced Lionsgate to greenlight Clerks III while promoting the upcoming sequel at San-Diego Comic Con. 2022. According to the director, Lionsgate had been impressed with the number of sales. Smith’s precedent See Askew’s universe-suite based, Jay and Silent Bob: Reboot had when he left home. As such, Smith revealed that the studio reached out to him, offering him a specific budget to create more films, with the director then thanking fans for their continued support of his characters.
Whereas Clerk III Differing from Smith’s original idea of setting the film outside of a theater, it still fits perfectly with the director’s homages to the films of his previous films. Although plans eventually changed, Clerk III’The trailer for s features many recognizable references to both Smith’s career as well as the films that inspired him, staying true to the writing style and passion that longtime fans have come to expect from him. . With Smith outlining how he thinks the film provides an ideal return to the characters who launched his career, it’s clear that Clerk III will be a welcome visit to the Quick Stop for fans.
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