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Bad news today for Kevin Smith fans, as it appears that his long-awaited threequel Clerks 3 will be delayed even further.
Variety reports that Smith has told Screen Daily that The Weinstein Company, the production company that owns the rights to the series, has passed on the third installment.
“[The Weinsteins] passed,” Smith said. “I went in with a $6 million budget and they were like, ‘Oh no, Kevin. This is too high.’ Bob offered us distribution, but they weren’t going to finance it.”
Clerks II released in 2006 on a $5 million budget, and ended up bringing in a collective $26 million. By then the sequel had gained a cult following, after Smith’s original film Clerks. hit a handful of theaters in 1994 with a tiny $27,000 budget (making $3 million).
There’s no doubt that a third and final Clerks film could muster up a solid audience, especially with the successful fan base still eager for more after two decades. It is unclear about the future of Clerks 3, but something tells me Smith will get it done sooner or later (and I’m sure it will be nothing short of hilarious).
Are you upset that Clerks 3 is being delayed even longer? Eager to see Jay & Silent Bob on the big screen again?
In the meantime, Kevin Smith’s next film Tusk will hit theaters later this year.
– Josh Sazin, 7/7/14