August 2nd is not only Kevin Smith’s birthday, but its also the start date for the indie filmmaker to begin filming the next Clerks film. Lionsgate has picked up the rights to the film and Smith took to social media today to share the news that he’s set to start the third installment of the film that kicked off his career in the state of his origin, New Jersey.
The Highlands-born filmmaker is shared a photo of him and Jason Mewes (Jay) in front of the Quick Stop in Middletown to share the news that the the original Clerks leads Jeff Anderson and Brian O’Halloran will return as the the convenience store workers Randal Graves and Dante Hicks for the “movie that concludes a saga.” Adding, “It’ll be a movie about how you’re never too old to completely change your life. It’ll be a movie about how a decades-spanning friendship finally confronts the future.” A description he revealed a few years back. Smith and company will return to the site for production on the new film.
The director revealed the plot of the film will have Randal suffer from a heart attack and afterward deciding to document his life’s story with an independent film shot at the Quick Stop. Sound familiar?
The film is eying a 2022 release and will also feature returning View Askew players Rosario Dawson, Marilyn Ghigliotti, Trevor Fehrman and Jen Schwalbach.
Additionally, Smith’s been spending some more time in the area as he recently partnered with Clerks actor and longtime friend Ernie O’Donnell (Rick Derris) and the Thapar family – who owns the Quick Stop – to launch a new SModcastle theater this week and podcast recording space at the end of the very same Quick Stop building.