Kevin Smith has been trumpeting Clerks 3 for some time, but it may have faced an insurmountable obstacle: the Weinsteins.
Smith revealed to Screen Daily (recounted by IndieWire) his $6 million budget for the sequel was deemed too high by Bob and Harvey Weinstein, who were planning to make and distribute the film.
“I went in with a $6m budget and they were, like, ‘Oh no Kevin, this is too high’. Bob offered us distribution but they weren’t going to finance it.”
It seems unlikely Smith will put the project to bed because of it, so maybe look for an upcoming Kickstarter campaign to fund the flick instead.
At this time, he’s wrapping production on his oddball Tusk and contemplating Yoga Hosers, both born from his podcast, Smodcast.
It’s a lot of movement for a guy who once upon a time was considering walking away from cinema for good.
“I am definitely not going to retire… I am only going to make films that only I could ever make or would ever make.”