'Hit Somebody' Now a Miniseries, Kevin Smith's Last Film is 'Clerks 3'
Well, that came out of nowhere. While Kevin Smith has been saying that his last film as a director would be the two-part hockey saga Hit Somebody, recently the film went back to being a single entity. But then shortly thereafter, since Smith was bummed that he was having to cut down his story, his on-screen counterpart and hetero-life-mate Jason Mewes (Jay to his Silent Bob) gave him the idea to set it up as a miniseries. Smith says it's set up at a network, but they're waiting for them to officially announce it. So does that mean his last film was Red State? No, because the filmmaker has just announced on Twitter that his last effort as a director is Clerks 3, another sequel to the indie film that launched his career back in 1994.
As a huge Star Wars fan and someone who has also followed Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy closely over the years, I'm sure Smith is pretty excited to be finishing his film with a trilogy that spawned from his first directing effort. It only seems appropriate. While the end of Clerks 2 seemed like a nice wrap up for characters Dante (Brian O'Halloran) and Randall (Jeff Anderson), it sounds like Smith has figured out more of their story to tell. On Twitter, Kevin Smith said, "Since HIT SOMEBODY is now gonna be a mini-series, yes - that leaves room for a new final flick before I retire from directing feature films." He continued:
So with the HIT SOMEBODY shift, the minute Jeff Anderson signs on, my last cinematic effort as a writer/director will be CLERKS III.#TaDa
— KevinSmith (@ThatKevinSmith) December 7, 2012
Kevin Smith has gotten on a few people's nerves as of late as he's been quite vocal about his distaste for film criticism, going so far as to launch his own sort of film hype web series called "Spoilers" on Hulu with real audiences "reviewing" films. In addition, he's been talking a lot on the various podcasts on his Smodcast banner. And finally, he's essentially gone and made a Clerks TV show (in addition to the canceled animated series from years ago) in the form of "Comic Book Men" on AMC (which might be where Hit Somebody ends up as a mini-series). That's a lot of Kevin Smith right now.
However, no matter how much Smith talks, the guy is very charismatic, funny and a nerd just like the rest of us. Smith's films turned me on to a different kind of comedy and writing rife with pop culture references to things I loved like Star Wars while also turning me on to new films that I might otherwise have never seen. In a way, I've outgrown some of Smith's antics, but I'm quite excited to see that his final film will indeed be Clerks 3. It's unlikely Jeff Anderson will hesitate to sign on for the sequel, and it'll be interesting to see how Randall and Dante finish their time at Quick Stop.