Cult director Kevin Smith announced via Facebook and Twitter this morning that he has begun working on the screenplay for his final film, “Clerks III” — a project which was originally going to be a Broadway play. According to Smith, he had a sudden burst of inspiration at 4:20AM on March 8, and immediately began writing what he believes will be “the best film [he’ll] ever make.”
Today’s announcement just so happens to coincide with the twentieth anniversary of “Clerks'” first day of shooting. After the release of Richard Linklater’s “Slacker” in 1991, Smith and numerous other filmmakers were inspired to make their own independently financed low-budget films, essentially starting a revolution in indie filmmaking. Smith’s first film, “Clerks” (1994), almost instantly became a cult hit, and is now almost universally regarded as a ’90s classic. The film detailed a day in the life of Dante and Randal, a convenience store clerk and a video store clerk, respectively, and their various exploits as they try to find meaning in their mundane working lives. Smith himself was an actor in the film, playing Silent Bob of the infamous duo, Jay and Silent Bob. The film was produced on a shoestring budget, even being shot at the convenience store Smith worked at at the time.
“Clerks” brought success to Smith, and since then he has directed nine feature films, including “Chasing Amy,” “Dogma,” and “Zach and Miri Make a Porno.” His films feature a common ensemble of characters, such as Jay and Silent Bob who have appeared all but four of Smith’s films. In 2006, Smith made “Clerks II”, which featured much of the original cast and revisited their lives 12 years later.
To prove that the final Clerks film is in the works, Smith posted a photo of the title page to go along with his announcement. Check it out below.