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Kevin Smith Explains How He ‘Failed Into’ Making ‘Clerks III’

Director claims poor reception of his current movie ‘Tusk’ has parlayed investors into asking about other projects

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Jason Mewes and Kevin Smith in 'Clerks II.'

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Nearly a decade after Clerks II came out, director Kevin Smith will be making another sequel to his breakthrough movie Clerks. The filmmaker revealed the news in his Hollywood Babble-On podcast, attributing the film’s sudden greenlighting to the poor reception his current film, Tusk, is getting in theaters.

“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 fucking find money and shit,” Smith said, according to The Wrap. “But it was Tusk, people going, ‘Holy fuck, 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.”

Tusk, a horror film about a lost podcaster starring Justin Long, has gotten tepid reviews and, according to the Wrap, has made only $1.4 million so far. The entertainment site claims that the Weinstein Company previously declined to finance Clerks III for the $6 million Smith was asking for (though that company will distribute the picture).

Smith has yet to reveal a timeline in which he’ll produce the film or which cast members would be returning for the sequel.

But even though the sequel won’t be coming out this year, the 20th anniversary of Clerks is getting commemorated with the first-ever vinyl release of the movie’s soundtrack, which contained songs by Alice in Chains, Bad Religion and more. Out November 11th, the LP contains all the original CD release’s punk, grunge and groans (“I’m not even supposed to be working today!”) on two records, with a third side sporting a Clerks-related etching.

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