Whine-and-diners of Quick Stop Groceries and Mooby’s can rejoice: Kevin Smith, writer and director of Clerks and Clerks II, has officially green-lit a third and final entry in his sharp-tongued film series about the everyday lives of people who stand behind the counter and ring the register for a living. Perhaps because of its heart and practical views on what makes and breaks a person’s level of personal success, it is considered one of if not the best film in Smith’s View Askew film collection.
Clerks III Confirmed
Oddly enough, the director credits production of the project not to the success of the first two films (which earned $3,000,000.00 and $24,000,000.00 on their $30,000.00- and $5,000,000.00-budgets, respectively) but to the failure of his most recent film, Tusk, a horror flick starring Justin Long and Haley Joel Osment.
“A year and change ago, I was desperately trying to get Clerks III made for the 20th anniversary and that desperation – I must have reeked of it because I couldn’t….find money….But it was Tusk, people going, ‘….what else do you have?’, and I was like ‘Clerks III ,’ and they’re like ‘done,’” said Smith concerning backers’ desperation to earn back money lost on the director’s dabble in horror.
Thus far, the only confirmed cast member for the third film is Marilyn Ghigliotti, who played series protagonist Dante Hicks’s girlfriend Veronica in the first film. There is no word yet on whether or not Jeff Anderson (who played Dante’s co-worker-slash-best friend Randal Graves), Rosario Dawson (Dante’s boss-turned-girlfriend Becky in the second film), Trevor Fehrmman (their co-worker Elias), Brian O’Halloran (Dante himself), or Jason Mewes and Smith himself (the lovable stoner duo Jay and Silent Bob) will appear.
The first film followed New Jerseyites Dante and Randal (who were in their twenties at the time) and their daily routines at their clerk positions at the Quick Stop Groceries convenience store on one day that the former was called into work on his day off. While Randal seemed content with his lot in life, Dante constantly bemoaned his lack of success in life. Though he found some acceptance at the end of the first film, he would again bemoan his lack of success in the sequel, which saw both him and Randal working at the local Mooby’s (Smith’s in-movie representation of McDonald’s fastfood restaurants) in their thirties. Again, the film followed the two friends as Dante schemed to move to Florida with his fiancee Emma (played by Smith’s wife Jennifer Schwalback-Smith) and work at her father’s carwash but hesitated when he realized that his life was in New Jersey. The film ended with Dante and Randal jointly buying and fixing up the old Quick Stop Groceries, which had closed followed a fire that had decimated the store at the beginning of the film.
In 2000, Clerks also found its way onto television in the form of a half-hour animated show of the same name. Though the show featured all of the original actors reprising their roles as well as Alec Baldwin in the role of the principal antagonist, Leonardo Leonardo, the show lasted only six episodes.