I think I just heard a collective sigh of relief from all of the Kevin Smith fans around the world. The director took to his Facebook page yesterday afternoon to give fans an update on his plans for Clerks III, and shedding some light on his future plans in the filmmaking industry.
Kevin Smith has decided that he does not want to force himself to make a film that he doesn’t exactly have the passion for, and that from now until he dies, he is only going to make films that “only he can make.”
From now until I drop dead, I’m only ever gonna make a flick that only I would/could ever make.” He said. “JERSEY GIRL, ZACK & MIRI, COP OUT – while I love them all, these are movies anybody could make. Like ‘em or hate ‘em, nobody else but me could’ve (or would’ve) ever made CLERKS. Or CHASING AMY. Or DOGMA. Or RED STATE. Or CLERKS II. Or MALLRATS. Or JAY & SILENT BOB STRIKE BACK.”
He goes on to say that filmmaking isn’t in his blood; however, his films are a different story.
I let my view askew get standardized for awhile there – so much so that I was happy to walk away from it all for three years and do other shit. But after conceiving and shooting TUSK in less than 6 months (with the help of a shit ton of amazing professionals and a budget smaller than that of RED STATE), I realized that film isn’t in my blood… MY films are in my blood.”
Personally, I think you have to have a certain level of respect for someone who doesn’t want to make a film just for the sake of making a film; especially when your heart isn’t really in it. When you are working on a project that you truly believe in and want to do, it shows in your work.
Now that I’ve spent the last three years clothing/feeding/housing me and my family without a dime of movie money, I know that I don’t NEED film to pay my bills anymore.” He said. “So I can make a movie when I feel like it, and if I’ve got nothing to say in a screenplay, I can just f— off for awhile and do other s— until I do have a movie in me.”
As of right now, it is Smith’s intention to start production of his latest film about the rag tag group of clerks from New Jersey sometime in May.
Smith is also currently working on another script by the name of Helena Handbag; however, this project is still a while off as Clerks III will be the priority once he wraps production on Tusk.
If you enjoy a nice, long read and would like to read his entire post on the subject, you can do so right here.