Failure of 'Tusk' Has Somehow Helped Secure Financing for 'Clerks 3'
It's been over a week since Kevin Smith's peculiar horror endeavor Tusk hit theaters, and the film hasn't been a hit in any sense of the word. The film starring Justin Long, Haley Joel Osment and Michael Parks currently sits with a disappointing 42% on Rotten Tomatoes and has only pulled in just over $1.4 million at the box office. However, Kevin Smith revealed in his Hollywood Babble-On podcast on Friday (via The Wrap) that his box office bomb has somehow secured financing for him to be able to make Clerks 3 for his fans. This comes after The Weinstein Company agreed to distribute the sequel, but not fund production.
Speaking on his podcast, Smith said:
“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 f–king find money and shit. But it was ‘Tusk,’ people going ‘Holy f–k, what else do you have?’ and I was like ‘Clerks III’ and they're like ‘done'. So, everybody that's like, ‘He failed, he failed,’ I'm like ‘Thank you, I failed into doing ‘Clerks III.'”
It seems a little weird that a financier would be so shocked by Tusk that they would be interested in Kevin Smith going back to the well with Clerks 3 as opposed to something more original and unique. How could they not be familiar enough with Kevin Smith to expect that Clerks 3 was on his docket and then still support the film when they seem to just be interested in what other craziness he has to follow Tusk? Anyway, with the horror film struggling in theaters, we'll see what happens with Yoga Hosers (the spin-off following the daughters of Smith and Johnny Depp, who appear in Tusk). At least Clerks fans can take solace in knowing that they'll get to see the trilogy complete at some point.