Kevin Smith Updates 'Clerks 3' and Reveals Plans for 'Tusk' Spin-Off
Following his weekend gushing over a visit to the set of Star Wars: Episode VII, director Kevin Smith has some updates on projects of his own as well. Speaking with ScreenDaily, Smith talked about the development of Clerks 3, the expected final chapter in his story of two best friends that launched his career in Clerks, the revered indie from 20 years ago. Earlier this year, it was revealed that the sequel would be pushed back for Smith to work on Anti-Claus, formerly known as Comes the Krampus, but the project has hit a speedbump because The Weinstein Company wasn't willing to finance the film themselves. Read on!
Smith revealed, "I went in with a $6m budget and they were, like, ‘Oh no Kevin, this is too high’. Bob offered us distribution but they weren’t going to finance it." That means Smith has to find other means of financing, which may not be that difficult to do if the filmmaker takes to Kickstarter and calls on his loyal fans for support. But at the same time, The Weinstein Company has to be willing to let Smith take this project to other parties to get it off the ground. Considering their long professional history, that shouldn't be too hard to do, but the project isn't coming as soon as some might have hoped.
However, Smith still has plenty on his plate, including a new spin-off film inspired by his forthcoming horror venture Tusk. As has been the case with many of his recent projects, the film called Yoga-Hosers came from an idea that sprouted on one of Smith's podcasts. In a separate report from ScreenDaily, Smith says, "There are two characters in a convenience store in Tusk that you see for five minutes, very much Ronsencrantz and Guildenstern. I’ve built a whole movie around them and I have brought one of the other characters from Tusk back.” Sounds bold since the Tusk hasn't even been released yet, but it sounds fun.
Finally, there's an interesting rumor going around from MovieWeb claiming that a fake script for Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice was purposely leaked by Warner Bros. and some of the story rumors about the DC Comics film have come straight from that script. But what's really interesting is the report that Kevin Smith is the man who wrote the fake script with the intention of deceiving everyone. Supposedly, Smith was commissioned to write a script by producer Charles Roven and director Zack Snyder. Smith was given access to a treatment to use as inspiration, but his script would be filled with red herrings to throw people off.
With all the projects Smith has on his plate, we're not sure Smith had time to write this fake script, but it would explain why he seems to be in the know about the film. Either way, Smith isn't retiring anytime soon despite his own previous talks about stepping away from filmmaking. Instead, Smith now says, "I am definitely not going to retire. I am only going to make films that only I could ever make or would ever make.” So that means Smith won't be taking on any projects like the disastrous Cop Out again, and will only direct, write and produce his own films. That sounds fine to us.