The studio says that the third installment is currently in pre-production in New Jersey and will begin production next month.
Smith has written the script and will direct, with all major cast members set to reprise their roles – Jeff Anderson as Randal, Brian O’Halloran as Dante, Jay Mewes as Jay, Kevin Smith as Silent Bob, and Rosario Dawson as Becky.
The film will be produced by Liz Destro and Jordan Monsanto.
In Clerks III, following a massive heart attack, Randal enlists fellow clerks Dante, Elias, Jay, and Silent Bob to make a movie immortalizing his life at the convenience store that started it all.
Smith said, “There’s a saying from the Tao that goes something like ‘To be great is to go on. To go on is to go far. To go far is to return.’
“Thanks to Lionsgate, we get to return to where it all started with almost the whole cast that started it all! And for the first time since the first time we ever made a movie in 1993, we’re shooting the entire flick on location in New Jersey, as an ode to both the enduring allure of cinema and the resourcefulness and lunacy of its storytellers.
“Years ago, Dante and Randal made me a filmmaker – so now it’s time I return the favor.”
Eda Kowan, executive vice president, Acquisitions and Co-Productions for Lionsgate, added, “The Clerks movies are audience favorites and many of Kevin’s films, like Dogma, Red State, and the Jay and Silent Bob Reboot are a beloved part of our library that continues to delight Kevin’s devoted fans.
“We’re thrilled to be presenting the next chapter in the Clerks saga to moviegoers worldwide.”
Eda Kowan acquired the project and will oversee the film for Lionsgate. Kowan, Grace Duplissea, and Kaycee Holcomb negotiated the deal for Lionsgate.
Destro and Jackie Eckhouse at Sloss Law negotiated the deal on behalf of Kevin Smith and the producers.
Kevin Smith has been saying silly cinematic sh*t since 1994’s Clerks. 2021 marks the 27th year since the last time he had a real job.
On July 23, Smith premieres Masters of the Universe: Revelation on Netflix.