Kevin Smith is intent on making “Clerks 3,” and on Tuesday, he announced in an Instagram post that “I assure you, we’re open,” revealing that he’s writing a new screenplay for the film and will reunite with the film’s original stars, Brian O’Halloran and Jeff Anderson.
Smith had previously tried to make “Clerks 3” a few years ago, but couldn’t get the project together, which was compounded by Anderson’s unwillingness to return. However, in the Instagram post, Smith said that he patched things up with Anderson and that he’s just begun writing a new take on the story.
“It’ll be a movie that concludes a saga. It’ll be a movie about how you’re never too old to completely change your life. It’ll be a movie about how a decades-spanning friendship finally confronts the future. It’ll be a movie that brings us back to the beginning – a return to the cradle of civilization in the great state of #newjersey,” Smith wrote. “This won’t be the old script we almost made a few years back: this is a completely new screenplay that I just started writing last night! And so far, it’s like a dream come true!”
Smith also said that “Clerks 3” will also feature Jason Mewes and himself reprising their supporting roles as Jay and Silent Bob. After struggling to bring “Clerks 3” to fruition, Smith instead pivoted to “Jay and Silent Bob Reboot,” which plays in theaters on Oct. 15 and Oct. 17.
The original “Clerks” was Smith’s debut film and became an indie, cult classic comedy. The film told the story of two slacker, know-it-all convenience store clerks who observe and comment on the actions of their stores’ many patrons across the course of a day. Smith followed it up with both “Clerks 2” in 2006.
Check out Smith’s announcement on Instagram below.