Kevin Smith has told Screen Daily that The Weinstein Company (who own the rights of the franchise), have passed on the sequel.
“[The Weinsteins] passed, 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.”
The original “Clerks” film only cost $30,000 and earned over $3 million dollars. “Clerks 2” had a budget of $5 million and grossed $24 million.
Smith has spoken about his plans with “Clerks 3” on a few of his podcast shows and said that “everyone will be in it.” That it was going to be a massive movie. It seems that that is why he would need the $6 million to make the film.
Today, Smith posted a pic on Instagram of the official poster for his upcoming film horror film “Tusk,” which comes out later this year.
Smith’s original plans were to raise money with “Tusk,” so he can put the money towards” Clerks 3.” Since that won’t be happening, he has some new plans.
“Like ‘Tusk,’ [‘Yoga-Hosers’] sprang out of a podcast. There are two characters in a convenience store in ‘Tusk’ that you see for five minutes, very much Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. I’ve built a whole movie around them and I have brought one of the other characters from ‘Tusk’ back.
Pretty bummed that “Clerks 3” won’t be made any time soon but at least we will have some films from Smith coming. Until then, I guess we will have to stand in our usual spot for awhile…