Clerks Comes Home: Lionsgate Acquires Global Rights To Clerks III, Filming To Begin This August
The film will release nearly 30yrs after the original cult classic put the town of Leonardo, New Jersey on the map forever and made the phrase "I'm not even supposed to be here today"- the battlecry of retail and convenience employees the world over.
In a social media blast that has already rocked the pop culture world, Smith announced that Lionsgate Films has acquired the rights to, and fully green lit the 3rd installment of the fabled Clerks franchise that spawned an entire cinematic & television universe that has spanned nearly 30yrs, and given everyone from Jersey something to brag about...besides Pork Roll and Bruce Springsteen.
Wait. Let's get a little back story in-case you've been living under a rock since 1994-
The original Clerks film itself is based off of Smith's life behind the counter at that very same convenience store that is now a landmark for tourism and is still operational to this day. In a move that would make any parents have a nervous breakdown, Smith maxed out all of his credit cards and sold a large chunk of his comic collection to film the movie in 1993 to the tune of $27,575. In 2019 the film was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress, who deemed it "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".
Ok, back to it.
The film will be based on Smith's real-life "widowmaker" heart attack which he sustained in 2018 but the plot will focus on Randal(Jeff Anderson) who experiences the same tragedy. He enlists the help of his friends to make a movie about the jobs they held when they were younger. Smith has written the film's screenplay and(of course) will be directing the feature. No word yet on where/how it will be released, however it doesn't matter what it takes to see it, I'll be watching it the very first night/day it's available.
As of writing this the entire main casts of Clerks and Clerks II are set to return, including Brian O'Halloran as Dante, Rosario Dawson as Becky and of course the team of Mewes and Smith as the loveable stoners-turned-superheroes, Jay & Silent Bob.
I think I speak for all Jersey kids and View Askewniverse peeps when I say- SNOOCHIE BOOCHIES!
-Paul Brown is the founder of Kulture Popped & once got kicked out of his local convenience store for trying to find the perfect dozen eggs.