Back before he became known for his nerdy comic book affection, Kevin Smith was just a little Canadian filmmaker who, in 1994, released the 1994 film Clerks. The film will launch him into the minds of audiences along with creating two of his most legendary characters, Jay and Silent Bob (the latter Smith plays himself). For years, he teased a third installment (Clerks II was released in 2006). In fact, it's been seven years since Smith first brought the possibility of a third installment up. But now, it's finally been confirmed that filming is set to begin next month in August and that Lionsgate will be distributing the film globally. Smith had this to say:
“There’s a saying from the Tao that goes something like ‘To be great is to go on. To go on is to go far. To go far is to return.’ Thanks to Lionsgate, we get to return to where it all started with almost the whole cast that started it all! And for the first time since the first time we ever made a movie in 1993, we’re shooting the entire flick on location in New Jersey, as an ode to both the enduring allure of cinema and the resourcefulness and lunacy of its storytellers. Years ago, Dante and Randal made me a filmmaker – so now it’s time I return the favor.”
The sequel's story is confirmed to take place years after the last film and finds Randall recovering from a massive heart attack and recruiting his buds to make a movie about his time at the convenience store. The entire Clerks cast is returning including Jeff Anderson as Randal, Brian O’Halloran as Dante, Jay Mewes as Jay, Kevin Smith as Silent Bob, and Rosario Dawson as her Clerks II character Becky. Stay tuned!