As you probably know by now, Kevin Smith is leaving the movie business but there is apparently some confusion about what his cinematic swan song could be.
A third Clerks was announced, and there were also reports his last movie would be a big epic about hockey, Hit Somebody.
As Entertainment Weekly
reported last December, Smith left a lot of confusing tweets where Hit Somebody was going to be two movies, then a mini-series, then he announced Clerks III would be his last hurrah. And in similar fashion, Smith now says the third Clerks could be a book that could come out one chapter at a time, with help from the fans.
As Deadline reports, Smith was on a panel called The Future of Online TV, and he indeed said he’s still thinking about doing a third Clerks movie, then thought of doing it as a webisode show, "Which, you know, would be kind of fun for me. It would be a way for me to get away from doing it with a studio."
Then Smith said he’d rather do it as a book. "I get to go inside the characters’ heads, tell Year One origin stories where the first chapter is Dante and Randall meeting in kindergarden, all of the stuff I can’t do in a movie. That’s what I want to do, because I’m a stoner. I want to investigate the inner life of every character, and I can’t do that in 90 minutes with a film."
Smith also mentioned he wants to put it out one chapter at a time instead of "one big, fat book. Now I’m a new-media artist and the new-media artist involves the audience and that’s something I’ve been doing for nearly 20 years at this point anyway." Smith said "the money will always be there" if he wants to make a third Clerks film, but he may indeed do it as a webisode series. Then judging by his next comments, you then got the impression he may be leaning towards doing a full blown feature.
Then again, as we’ve seen above, he could have changed his mind again three more times by now. So considering we don’t know what his last movie could be right now, what does Smith think about the upcoming resurrection of Star Wars with JJ Abrams at the helm?
Smith told the Hollywood Reporter that Star Wars is "now as American as baseball and apple pie and as universal as Coca-Cola. In our current business climate of outsourcing, Star Wars may be America’s last remaining dependable export. So it’s a good thing they’re taking the expanded universe approach: giving Yoda, Boba Fett and Han Solo their own movies is creatively and financially ingenious."
We know the Star Wars saga will continue for years to come, but it would still be cool if Smith continued his own Star Wars, namely Clerks, for a while too. Maybe he’ll sell it off to Disney for someone else to take over. Now that we think about it, what’s JJ got lined up after 2015? Maybe he can help reinvent Jay and Silent Bob as well.