Kevin Smith Pushing Back 'Clerks III' Shoot for 'Comes the Krampus'
Since announcing his retirement from feature filmmaking, Kevin Smith sure has kept himself busy by announcing three new projects he's directing. Clerks III will finish up the story arc that launched his career, Comes the Krampus is a holiday horror anthology coming together as we speak, and Helena Handbag is a crazy project that might have a future in some form. Oh, and let's not forget that Tusk is still coming later this year. But with regard to his forthcoming projects, there's been a slight change in plans and priority that will have Clerks fans waiting a little bit longer than anticipated to see the trilogy completed.
As if Kevin Smith didn't already keep his fans informed about various topics in different ways all over the Internet, the director took to Reddit for an AMA (via SlashFilm) where he revealed that Clerks III will take a backseat to Comes the Krampus. Though Smith originally intended to shoot Clerks III, which will have Rosario Dawson returning along with Brian O'Halloran and Jeff Anderson as Randall and Dante, the holiday horror anthology has jumped to the top of his list, and the reasoning makes sense. Smith says:
"Nobody but me can make a CLERKS film. But ANYONE can make a Krampus picture. So before anyone else does, I figured it’s time to keep moving forward: we’re gonna shoot COMES THE KRAMPUS in April, before CLERKS III.”
So there you have it. No one is going to be able to make a Clerks III because that's Kevin Smith's world, and no one will step in on that territory. While we're not so sure that there's someone out there chomping at the bit to make a holiday horror anthology with a focus on the idea of the Scandinavian/German creature who eats kids at Christmas, the world of horror definitely has a lot more competition, and someone could just as easily make their own holiday horror Creepshow first. And Smith wants to make sure that doesn't happen.
But don't worry, Clerks fans, because the end of this Quick Stop tale will come to fruition. Smith says, "Clerks III is still coming. I love the script so much, I’ll make it happen, I promise. But the muse (and the Mewes) is pulling me away from something old for the moment and pulling me toward something new. And when the muse whispers, I listen. When the Mewes whispers, it’s just kinda creepy. And he spells shit wrong – even though he’s just whispering and not writing." We're just wondering if Smith actually has any intention of retiring. Either way, we don't mind if he keeps getting inspired and making stuff like this.