Kevin Smith Gets Funding for CLERKS III

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Kevin Smith has somehow found the funding for Clerks III because of Tusk. Speaking on his Hollywood Babble-On podcast on Friday, filmmaker said:

“Tusk was the absolute bridge to Clerks III. Because of Tusk I got my financing for Clerks III.”

After 10 days in theaters, Smith’s peculiar horror endeavor Tusk has only managed to make $1.4 million, and has received mostly negative reviews with a disappointing 42% on Rotten Tomatoes. But Tusk must have caught someone’s attention because he’s managed to fund a flick that The Weinstein Company — which produced Clerks II and owns the rights to the franchise — refused to finance a few months back, but agreed to distribute the sequel.

“A year and change ago I was desperately trying to get Clerks III made for the 20th anniversary and that desperation—I must have reeked of it, because I couldn’t fucking find money and shit. But it was Tusk, people going ‘Holy fuck, what else do you have?’ and I was like Clerks III and they’re like ‘done’. So, everybody that’s like, ‘He failed, he failed,’ I’m like ‘Thank you, I failed into doing Clerks III.”

He didn’t mention investor who would finance a film’s budget. Website The Wrap reminds us that Smith has told last year how he hopes to begin shooting in May. It remains to be seen whether the next chapter in the Clerks saga will see protagonists Randall Graves and Dante Hicks (played by Brian O’Halloran and Jeff Anderson) as podcasters. If something like that happens, I think he’s ready to throw in the towel.