Kevin Smith's final film as a director is going to take him back to the start. Smith announced on Twitter that "Clerks 3" will be his last feature, just as long as original star Jeff Anderson signs a deal to co-star.
Smith had originally planned to retire from directing with the two-part hockey epic "Hit Somebody," but earlier this week he revealed that film would become a miniseries. (As yet, no network has officially signed on to produce; in his latest podcast Smith said an announcement could come shortly.)
As Slashfilm noted, Smith has been talking about a potential "Clerks 3" (or "Clerks III" if you're feeling roman numeral-y) since 2010. In an interview with the Boston Phoenix, Smith teased the plot of "Clerks 3":
“'Red State' is done. Next step is the hockey movie, 'Hit Somebody.' Then I’m done," he said. "There’s possibly a 'Clerks 3.; If I have something to say in my late 40s about being in my late 40s, I’ll think of ['Clerks'] Dante and Randal. Shy of that, I don’t have any more movies I want to make.”
Of course, whether Anderson signs on remains to be seen. During press rounds for "Clerks II," Anderson expressed doubt about ever wanting return to the iconic character he made famous.
'I don't think I want to see these guys back in a live action; 'Clerks II' is a nice book-end to 'Clerks.' It's a movie that stands on its own, I love the way it ends, back where they were. And it ends with Kevin's mom, doing the exact same part that she did. It ends with a Soul Asylum song; they were on the original soundtrack and the song fits so well," he said to Movieweb. "I don't think you go back to it and mess with it again. I'm a fan of this and I like the way this turned out; it's just time for me to turn away."
For more on "Clerks 3," head over to Slashfilm.