So it’s been some time since Kevin Smith announced that he was making a third Clerks installment, thus creating a trilogy for himself. What I didn’t realize was that he’s been flip flopping on what format he wanted to use for what is presumably the final story. According to Moviepilot, Kevin (we’re gym buddies) first wanted to make a movie out of it, but I guess he deemed that too pedestrian. So then he pitched it as a Broadway show (it would’ve been amusing to see them do a “Berserker” number), but then he changed his mind again. THEN he wanted to try his hands on turning it into a short web series, but that wasn’t wildly inventive enough for him.
Now he wants to turn it into a book. BUT NOT LIKE ANY OTHER BOOK. He’ll be releasing each chapter one by one and the story will be shaped somehow by audience interaction. Kevin fancies himself a “new media artist” and believes that this is the way to go since he’s been involving the audience since the beginning of his career.
He believes that this format will give him the freedom to expand on key characters’ origins and more options to write about all sorts of stories. This is what he had to say:
“[I could] go inside the characters’ heads, tell Year One origin stories where the first chapter is Dante and Randall meeting in kindergarten, all the stuff I can’t do in a movie”
This sounds like a cool enough idea, but I’m not sure how feasible it is. Is he planning on making this for free? Do we buy an e-book from the Apple store? How does the audience interaction come into play? Do we submit our own ideas or something? There are far so many questions and uncertainties that I can foresee a lot of headache and unwilling audience participation due to confusion. We also don’t know if he’ll be changing his mind again (Clerks 3 comic book? Puppet show? A podcast radio play? The possibilities are endless.)
This could just revert back to being a straight up movie without any gimmicks.
Written by Daniel Lee