Just as Kevin Smith's hockey film expanded beyond theatrical release length, and Smith himself grew beyond Southwest Airlines' width, now the director's plans for Clerks 3 have apparently swelled to grandiose enough proportions that cinemas cannot contain it. So Kevin Smith might have to become a Clerks novelist now.
He said back in December that Clerks 3 would be his "last cinematic effort as a writer/director" in lieu of Hit Somebody, which he's now turning into a miniseries. But more recently, speaking to What's Trending?, Smith announced another possible change of plans, explaining that the future of Clerks could be online now, as either a web video series or a web book.
"I get to go inside the characters' heads, tell Year One origin stories where the first chapter is Dante and Randall meeting in kindergarten, all the stuff I can't do in a movie," Smith said of the book option, which he would release in chapters, thus allowing reader feedback to influence future chapters. "That's what I want to do, because I'm a stoner," and if there's one things stoners want to see, it's five-year-olds fated to become service industry workers.
But is Kevin Smith not both stoner AND artist, opposing forces of torpor and creator bound together by hockey jersey? And does letting the readers shape the story not compromise his master plan of how all the characters will say things to each other? Artist Kevin Smith knew you would ask that, and explained, "I know people would go, 'Why would you want to? You're an artist.' Well, now I'm a new-media artist and the new-media artist involves the audience and that's something I've been doing for nearly 20 years at this point anyway." So welcome to the new-media, everyone. Giant shorts are the new medium for legs, and just speak up when you think Silent Bob should deliver a meaningful monologue.