Kevin Smith Completes First Draft Of Clerks III Screenplay

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Is it a TV series? Is it a book? No, it’s definitely a film. Kevin Smith has taken to Twitter and Facebook with the announcement that he has finished the first draft for Clerks III. The writer-director began writing the script at the start of March. Clocking in at a mammoth 137 pages, his initial draft will no doubt undergo a series of rewrites before it’s ready for shooting.

The director exclaimed on his Facebook page: “IT IS ACCOMPLISHED! CLERKS III, FIRST DRAFT!” He went on to say, along with a snapshot of the first slate:

“…it plays like THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK of what’s now become the Clerks Trilogy. And I am SO in love with it. Pictured is the script with the clapboard we used on the original CLERKS.┬áBoth the old clapboard and the old filmmaker are ready to go back to Jersey for the last time.”

For a time there was talk that Smith would adapt the idea for the final instalment into a TV series. Before Clerks II was a glint in his eye, Smith spun the events following Clerks into a TV show, Clerks: The Animated Series. A hit with fans on DVD, the show was canceled by Fox after just two episodes were aired.

Harvey Weinstein grabbed the rights to Clerks a while back. This almost certainly points to the film becoming a co-production between Smith’s own View Askew label and The Weinstein Company. The two have a pre-existing relationship too, as Weinstein snapped up the distribution for the original Clerks back in 1994.

News of Smith’s first draft has been met web-wide with mixed reactions. Fans of his View Askewniverse are ecstatic, while some critics remain sceptical. This writer, however, could not be more excited at the prospect of a closing chapter to Smith’s series. All the best works of art are divisive and Smith never caters to what critics deem “high culture.” His films have heart, soul and a a shotload of jizz and poop gags.

If Clerks III is to be his last film, it’ll be a bittersweet day when it’s released.

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Source: The Playlist

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