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Kevin Smith Preps Clerks Sequel

The Hollywood Reporter says Kevin Smith is returning to his roots with a sequel to his 1994 film "Clerks."

The low-budget original was the first entry in Smith's View Askewneverse films. Later entries like "Mallrats," "Chasing Amy," "Dogma," and "Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back," drew from the foul-mouthed, fast-talking, pop-culture-obsessed themes in "Clerks," but the follow-up films benefitted from bigger budgets, bigger stars and little perks like accessibility to color film stock.

The "Clerks" sequel picks up 10 years after the first film. It will follow the original's protagonists, Dante (Brian O'Halloran) and Randal (Jeff Anderson), which is nice since neither O'Halloran nor Anderson has rocketed to acting superstardom in the wake of "Clerks."

Smith says his recent work on the "Clerks" 10th-anniversary DVD (coming out Sept. 7 under the title "Clerks X"), spurred his interest in reviving the characters. "The whole process reminded me why I got into the film business in the first place: to make talky, low-budget comedies," Smith tells the Reporter. "So I wrote this script about the older and not-so wiser Dante and Randal, as they try to deal with a decade of further disillusionment, even less sex and eroding pop culture."

Production on the "Clerks" follow-up is scheduled to begin in January. Be sure to check out our spotlight page for further developments. -- Mac Slocum

Posted by Mac on August 30, 2004 05:36 PM
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