Actor and director Kevin Smith has announced that he will begin work on a third Clerks film which will be the sequel to 1995’s Mallrats.
The filming for Clerks III will begin in May in Philadelphia. Both Jason Mewes and Smith will return as their roles as Jay and Silent Bob. Rosario Dawson, Brian O’Halloran, Jeff Anderson, and Marilyn Ghigliotti are also set to return to the film.
At the same time, Mallrats 2 production will begin in 2016. Smith told Tucson radio station Rock 102 KFMA: “It’s half scripted right now and we’re pulling our loot together. We’ve got up until the beginning of 2016. By the time we get to May 2016, we’re going to be shooting.”
Smith explained that the concept for Mallrats 2 “kind of came out of nowhere. Lately I’ve been doing this thing where I’m like ‘Do you want to do what’s good for your career or do you just want to have fun?’ Nobody’s clamoring for a ‘Mallrats’ sequel, but I would love to make one. It’s been like 20 years.”
The original Mallrats cast included starred Ben Affleck, Jason Lee, Shannen Doherty, and Jeremy London as well as Mewes and Smith.
In the midst of these announcements, Smigh is also working on both another horror film in the concept of his 2014 project Tusk entitled Moose Jaws as well as a hockey film named Hit Someone.
Originally wanting to retire after Clerks III, Smith said his creativity was rejuvenated with the success of Tusk.