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When Kevin Smith announced last year that his upcoming hockey movie Hit Somebody would be his final film as a director, you could almost hear a collective sigh of disappointment from hard-core fans of Dante and Randal, Jay and Silent Bob. Smith’s convenience-store drones and derelicts introduced Smith’s Jersey brand of profane wit in 1994′s Clerks, and a successful 2006 sequel proved that audiences hadn’t had enough. Smith’s retirement threatened to kill any chances of completing the Quik Stop trilogy — a challenge you’d think might tempt the Star Wars-obsessed Smith. Well, there is a new hope. Last week, during a book signing in New York, he revealed that his beloved characters might be heading to Broadway. After seeing the hit play, Seminar, which reminded Smith of the fundamental stagecraft he used to film Clerks, he suddenly envisioned breathing new life into the franchise with a stage production of Clerks III in 2014 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the original. It’s still only in early talks, but Smith tells EW that he’s already broached the subject with several members of the cast, including the hard-to-wrangle Jeff Anderson, who played irreverent slacker, Randal.
The writer/director/Silent Bob shared his hopes in an exclusive conversation with EW.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Have you had any recent discussions — formal or informal — with the cast from the first two Clerks about another potential edition, whether it be on the stage or on the screen?
KEVIN SMITH: Jeff was the first person I reached out to. I sent him an email after I’d seen Alan Rickman in Seminar in February: “You’re the first person I’m gonna tell… Clerks III is gonna be a play on Broadway. We’ll do a six month run and sell out the entirety in advance. You up for six shows a week, sir? Live?” To which Jeff responded, “Better lay off the weed, sir.” READ FULL STORY »