Kevin Smith Pushing Back 'Clerks III' Shoot for 'Comes the Krampus'
by Ethan Anderton
February 7, 2014
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.
On Kevin Smith's Facebook page he wrote about his retirement, he basically said that he was looking towards retiring from filmmaking but when he did that he realized that he had a bunch of ideas for movies that he wanted to make so he said that he will keep on making movies until he is officially out of ideas or as he puts it "out of his blood".
Llewyn Davis on Feb 7, 2014
Wasn't that just his reaction to some bad reviews?
cobrazombie on Feb 10, 2014
No he thought he was done with filmmaking but realized that he just couldn't live without it. He saw that he had a ton of ideas that would be good for movies so he's just decided to continue on until he has nothing left
Llewyn Davis on Feb 10, 2014
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