Fans are clamoring to check out clerks IIIthe long-awaited third installment in the popular film series from Kevin Smith. With the movie only a few weeks away, the director has revealed some plot points from the original script, which he said was thankfully very different from the script he ended up using.
In a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Smith described the opening and basic synopsis he initially had in mind for Write us III. “It opened the night of Hurricane Sandy,” Smith told THR. “Dante and Randal were locked up in a jail because the original version of clerks III was the opening of Jay and Silent Bob Reboot where the police come in and arrest Jay and Silent Bob. They were all arrested and there is an interrogation scene… they were locked in a cell overnight and came out in the morning to find that Quick Stop was destroyed by a flood.”
Smith went on to say that the destruction of the Quick Stop caused Randal (Jeff Anderson) have a mental break, which he tries to reconcile by going to a theater and waiting for the movie ranger danger leave. “A town springs up in the movie theater parking lot,” Smith continued. “Randal builds a semi-detached version of Quick Stop, like a warehouse shack version, and becomes the unofficial mayor of this town. It was a movie about dealing with pain.”
However, according to Smith, this version of the script never really saw the light of day. This was because the director believed that if people saw that movie, they wouldn’t think that whoever made it had seen the first movie. “I was so far from clerksSmith said. “Luckily, we never did. And then all of a sudden I had a heart attack and I thought, oh, that would be a good backbone for this movie. It felt like clerks III I had to be at Quick Stop where it all started. That was able to fuel everything else and once I gave Randal my heart attack, it was like, well, we’ll give him the movie too.”
Smith was referring to his 2018 heart attack which, after his recovery, formed the basis for much of the revamped clerks III script. The movie will now reportedly follow Randal after his own heart attack and his desire to make a movie with his friend Dante (Brian O’Halloran). The film will serve as a continuation of the first two. clerks deliveries, which chronicles the lives of the two retail employees. The original 1994 film is considered a cult classic and one of the best independent films ever made, and it helped put Smith on the map as a Hollywood director. The sequel, clerks Ii, was released in 2006 to similar success.
Beyond Anderson and O’Halloran, much of the cast from the first two films will return for Write us III. This includes Trevor Fehrmann, jason mewes, rosary dawson, Marilyn Ghigliotti and Smith himself.
clerks III It will be released in select theaters from September 13 to 18. Watch the movie trailer below: