Kevin Smith Dishes on Scrapped 'Clerks III' Script

"Mercifully, we never made it"

BY Allie GregoryPublished Aug 26, 2022

Before the arrival of Clerks III in theatres next month, Kevin Smith and the gang walked the red carpet yesterday (August 25) for its premiere at TCL Chinese 6 Theatres — the Los Angeles Theatre formerly known as Mann's Chinese — and spilled the details of a script that never made the cut.

"It opened on the evening of Hurricane Sandy," Smith told The Hollywood Reporter. "Dante and Randal were locked in a jail because the original version of Clerks III was the opening of Jay and Silent Bob Reboot where the cops come in and bust Jay and Silent Bob."

Smith continued: "All of them were arrested and there's an interrogation scene and somebody comes in and says, 'We gotta get 'em out and put them in cells because it's coming.' And [the guys] are like, 'What's coming?' 'They're calling it Sandy.' They were locked in a cell all night long and they get out in the morning to find that the Quick Stop was destroyed by a flood."

The Hollywood Reporter summarizes the ensuing plot:

The convenience store casualty causes Randal to have a nervous breakdown and in order to manage it, he heads to a movie theatre to wait for a screening of Ranger Danger. The hitch: The film was not scheduled to open for another year.

"Like a weird movement," Smith continued. "A village sprouts up in the parking lot of the movie theatre. Randal builds a lean-to version of Quick Stop, like a bodega-shanty version, and becomes the unofficial mayor of this town. It was a movie about dealing with grief."

The filmmaker conceded: "Mercifully, we never made it."

The version of Clerks III that did make the cut is due to hit theatres on September 13. Smith will attend two screenings in Vancouver on September 18 and 19 at the Rio Theatre.

See some fresh snaps of the cast from co-star Jason Mewes's Instagram below.

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